11 arrested in Effingham Co. gambling raids

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) - Several convenience stores in Effingham
County were the site of a major gambling raid on Thursday.

Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said deputies seized
dozens of gambling machines and an estimated $500,000 from seven
stores.

McDuffie said 11 people were arrested. All face felony gambling
charges.

He said officers working undercover for six months observed the
video gaming machines paying out cash prizes to patrons, which is
illegal.

Sheriff's officials said the investigation continues and more
arrests are expected.


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