GBI Commercial Gambling Unit Conducts Raids in Rome, Georgia

December 9, 2015

Rome, GA. – On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, the GBI’s Commercial Gambling Unit, along with the Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force, the Rome Police Department, the Floyd County Police Department, and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, and in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Georgia Department of Revenue executed seven (7) search warrants in the city limits of Rome, Georgia for violations of Georgia’s commercial gambling laws.

Search warrants were served at seven (7) business locations. While searching the locations, agents collected evidence related to crimes of commercial gambling and seized monetary assets gained from the illegal use of gaming machines.

All of 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.

Search warrants were executed at the following business locations:

Garden Lakes Food and Beverage, 2022 Redmond Circle
Maple Quick Stop, 1912 Maple Avenue
Sammy’s Salvage, 1301 Shorter Avenue
Calhoun Quick Stop, 1120 Calhoun Avenue
Lucky Lotto #3, 1300 Shorter Avenue
One Stop Shop for All, 1433 North Broad Street
One Stop Shop, 2017 Maple Avenue

Multiple arrests are pending.  In total, more than 80 Agents, Investigators, Police Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies launched the raids in a simultaneous and coordinated fashion. 

Contact Information: 
Cindy Ledford – Special Agent in Charge (404) 270-8491