published Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Georgia Bureau of Investigation and local officials raid Dalton and Trenton stores

Local authorities and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents raided stores in Trenton and Dalton, Ga., on Thursday for commercial Internet gambling, officials in Dade County confirmed Friday morning.

Investigations officials from the Dade County Sheriff's Office said the raids were the culmination of a three-month operation in which local authorities and the GBI looked into whether game players received cash and prizes for winning.

The raids were conducted simultaneously about 11 a.m. Thursday and authorities seized computers used in Internet gambling, cash and some prizes intended as payouts for wins, according to officials.

The store in Trenton is called Lucky Peaches, authorities said.

No charges had been filed as of late Friday against either store owners or employees, officials said, and they don't believe workers in the stores knew they were conducting an illegal activity.

Dade officials said a "special ops" unit from Walker County assisted in the operation in Dade County.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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