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UPDATE: 6 arrested in Crisp Co. illegal gambling sting

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UPDATE -- WEDNESDAY 11:15 A.M.

CORDELE, Ga. – The GBI says six people were arrested during Tuesday's illegal gambling sting in Crisp County.

Those arrested and charged with Commercial Gambling are:

  • Yogeshpuri Goswami, 40, of Cordele
  • Jyotsanaben Goswami, 41, of Cordele
  • Gary Watson, 70, of Cordele
  • Jason Brent Watson, 39, of Cordele
  • Raymond English, 57, of Cordele
  • Theresa English, 47, of Cordele

Search warrants were executed at six businesses locations and two homes in Cordele.

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TUESDAY

CORDELE, Ga. – The GBI's Commercial Gambling Unit executed eight search warrants in Crisp County on Tuesday for violations of Georgia’s commercial gambling laws. Multiple arrests are pending.

The Mid-South Narcotics Task Force, Crisp County Sheriff’s Office also assisted, all in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Georgia Department of Revenue.

Search warrants were executed at six businesses locations and two homes in Cordele.

The business locations were:

  • HK Food 21 LLC, --2002 U.S. Hwy 41 N.
  • W&W Food Mart (BP) -- 2009 E. 16th Ave.
  • Watson’s Food Store (Shell) -- 2105 E. 16th Ave.
  • Mitchell’s Bait and Tackle -- 902 W. 16th Ave.
  • S&P Lotto a/k/a Chris Lotto -- 1217 E. 16th Ave.
  • Red Dawg Sports Bar -- 908 E. 16th Ave.

While searching the location, agents collected evidence related to crimes of commercial gambling. They also seized monetary assets gained from the illegal use of gaming machines.

The locations are currently licensed to operate Coin Operated Amusement Machines. However, during the course of the investigation, agents discovered customers were receiving cash payouts for winning credits.

In Georgia, credits may only be redeemed for lottery tickets and/or store merchandise.

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