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coming, and the raids may result in as many as 70 people behind bars. Altman says they will face felony charges that carry penalties of up to 25 years in prison.
"This would be one of the largest investigations of gambling in the state," says GBI inspector Fred Stephens.
The businesses are busted for electronic poker machines as gambling tools stores paying out cash to customers who played the games.
emphasis to the store owner than the people coming in to buy papers and gas."
"I had to kind of move around because everything was roped off," says Sheumake, who stopped by at least three closed stations before he happened upon Kwik Shop. "I had to find something."
The investigation was almost a year in the making, and is still ongoing. GBI led the investigation, and agents say they plan to catch even more businesses running the gambling machines.
They took action, working with the GBI and several other agencies to raid a total of 29 businesses: nine in Swainsboro, fourteen more in Vidalia and six in Lyons.
And in Swainsboro, the town is buzzing.
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"It's gonna break a lot of hearts around here for whoever likes to play it," adds Moses Sheumake.
Yellow tape lined the streets near downtown Swainsboro Monday. One by one, gas stations were taped off and closed for business in Nike Air Max Uptempo 95 Blue what's become one of the biggest illegal gambling raids ever in the state of Georgia.
And now that his gas pumps are among the few still open today, business is booming.
"I didn't expect it to happen," he says. "Most of the time people turn a blind eye and let it keep going and don't do anything about it."
"They're getting their paycheck on Friday and not bringing any money home back to the family. What are you gonna do about it?"
Mitch Hall runs the Kwik Shop right across from one of the stations. His is one of the gas stations to Nike Uptempo Mint Green
Swainsboro police were tipped off from people in the community, calling to complain about the machines.
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"We're talking real money," says District Attorney Hayward Altman. "The state of Georgia loses millions of dollars each day from these types of operations."
29 businesses busted in one of Georgia's biggest illegal gambling raids
"A couple of calls were made to me from some families, saying my husband or my wife's got an addiction problem with this gambling," says Swainsboro Police Chief Randy Ellison.
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