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Law enforcement seizes $63,000 in gambling raids

A task force involving three local law enforcement agencies, and two federal agencies raided several Clayton County convenience stores and homes, on Wednesday, that were allegedly conducting illegal gambling operations.

Officers, investigators, deputies and agents from the Forest Park Police Department, the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Internal Revenue Service executed search warrants and arrest warrants in a broad crackdown on illegal gambling in the county.

“We raided and seized eight convenience stores, and gas stations, as well as a couple of homes that we believed were operating illegal gambling machines, according to information we had received,” said Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.

Forest Park Police spokesman, Lt. Cory L. Cloud, wrote in a news release that the raids came after months of investigations into alleged commercial gambling that was taking place across the county. He added that approximately $63,000, five vehicles, and more than 50 gambling machines were seized during the raids.

Lawson said a house was also seized, and was turned over to a receiver for the courts.

She said the places that were raided were spread out across the county, in Forest Park, College Park, and Hampton. Four of the locations were convenience stores in Forest Park, according to Cloud.

Further questions about the raid, including the number of people arrested, were directed by Lawson, to Clayton County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Brian Crisp. However, he could not be reached for comment on Thursday.