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Man indicted in 2007 Rex gambling case

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

A McDonough man has been indicted for allegedly running an illegal gambling operation at a business in Rex.

Gerald Albert Woods, 60, was indicted Wednesday on one count of commercial gambling.

Woods was arrested Nov. 30, 2007 for allegedly operating a gambling establishment at a business called "The Break," located at 6341 Ga. Highway 42 in Rex, according to court documents.

"Gerald Woods did participate and operate a commercial gambling location for money, and recorded bets upon games, and was the custodian of monies," authorities alleged in a warrantless arrest probable cause affidavit filed in 2007.

Authorities said at the time that the business was run like a casino.

"Five separate undercover agents on the [Clayton County Sheriff's Office] Vice Task Force all observed bets on games and Video Poker machines while at this business," according to court papers.

"Participants place bets on pool, poker, and Video Poker Machines and employees of 'The Break' recorded gambling activities in the ledger," according to the affidavit.

Another man also was charged with running the alleged gambling establishment. Hosea Jamaal Trice is charged with commercial gambling, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana. Trice is scheduled for a pre-trial conference Aug. 24 in Clayton County Superior Court, according to court records.

Twenty-two other people were arrested on misdemeanor gambling charges in the case.

A judge granted Woods a $15,000 bond in December 2007, according to court documents. No attorney was listed in online court records as representing him.