Commercial Gambling Search Warrants in Dougherty County

April 13, 2017

Albany, GA – On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the GBI’s Commercial Gambling Unit, along with the Dougherty Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office and the Albany Police Department, and in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Georgia Department of Revenue executed three (3) search warrants in Dougherty County and Lee County for violations of Georgia’s commercial gambling laws.

Search warrants were served at two (2) business locations in Albany and one (1) residence in Albany (Lee County). 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.

Both business 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:

Shajanand 1 LLC d/b/a BP Station, 1817 North Slappey Blvd., Albany

Shajanand 2 LLC d/b/a Shell Station, 2824 Old Dawson Road, Albany

Multiple arrests are pending. 

In total, more than 30 officers launched the raids in a simultaneous and coordinated fashion.

SAC Cindy Ledford | GBI - Commercial Gambling | 404/270-8491