Five Bleckley businesses raided for illegal gambling

After receiving complaints of people becoming addicted to video gaming machines, authorities in Bleckley County charged seven workers at five businesses with illegal gambling.

Police Chief Jon Thrower said an undercover investigation with his department, the Bleckley County Sheriff’s Office and the Oconee Drug Task Force led investigators to visit every business with video gaming machines in Cochran where they found four paying out illegal cash winnings in the city limits and one business doing the same thing in the county.

The raid seized 28 poker machines and about $35,000 in cash from the stores: S@P on the By-pass, 777 on Beech Street, Crossroads V and Shorty’s #3 on West Dykes Street in Cochran. Workers at Crossroads IV on Eastman Highway in Bleckley County also were cited for illegal gambling. Cash payouts are prohibited under Georgia law.