Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies raided four Jefferson businesses Wednesday on illegal gambling charges.
The stores were: BP Food Mart at 110 Sycamore Street; Fuel Mart at 492 Athens Street; Citgo at 418 Lee Street; and Tabo’s Grocery at 415 Lee Street.
Those arrested were: M. Amin, Rekhaeen M. Chaudhari, Bharatbha D. Chaudhari, Amyn Meghani and Azadul Islam. All were charged with commercial gambling and keeping a gambling place.
Jefferson police chief Joe Wirthman said the investigation is continuing and other arrests may be made.
Law enforcement officers seized 17 slot machines, computers, hard drives and cash from the businesses. Search warrants for the banks records on the businesses have also been made at three local banks.
The businesses reopened after officers completed the searches and the arrests were made.
Wirthman said the action was the result of an undercover operation in conjunction with several other agencies.
Agencies assisting with the investigation include the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Department of Revenue, Jefferson Police Department, Arcade Police Department, Gwinnett Police Department and Athens Police Department.
A Jefferson police car is parked outside of the BP Station Wednesday during a raid on alleged illegal gambling machines at area businesses.
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