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UPDATE (3/16) Commercial Gambling Search Warrant in Carroll and Haralson Counties

Tallapoosa,GA. – On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, the GBI’s Commercial Gambling Unit, along with the GBI West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office executed search warrants inthe city of Carrollton in Carroll County and the cities of Tallapoosa and Buchanan in Haralson County.  The warrants, executed in conjunction with theGeorgia Lottery Corporation and with the assistance of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, were for violations of Georgia’s commercial gambling laws.

After a lengthy investigation, search warrants were served at five (5) business locations.  While searching the locations, agents collected evidence related to crimes of commercial gambling and seized monetary assets gained from the illegal use of gaming machines.

All of the locations are currently licensed to operate Coin Operated Amusement Machines.  However, during the course of the investigation, agents discovered customers were receiving cash payouts for winning credits.  In Georgia, credits may only be redeemed for lottery tickets and/or store merchandise.

Search warrants were executed at the following business locations:
  • Ridley’s Feed Store, 6537 GA-100, Buchanan, Haralson County
  • Ridley’s Quickstop, 1325 US-78, Tallapoosa, Haralson County
  • Ridley’s Get-N-Go, 3329 GA-100, Tallapoosa, Haralson County
  • Stop N Shop, 1465 Shady Grove Road, Carrollton, Carroll County
  • Quickstop, 461 Columbia Drive, Carrollton, Carroll County
 
As a result of this operation, felony arrests warrants have been secured for the following:
  • Tommie Louise Cato, 64 of Carrollton, GA
  • Keshaben Patel, 36 of Carrollton, GA
  • ShantilalBhailalbhai Patel, 62 of Carrollton, GA
  • ChampaShantilal Patel, 57 of Carrollton, GA
  • Debbie Tyler, 56 of Tallapoosa, GA
  • April Christina Burgess, 35 of Tallapoosa, GA
  • Cynthia Stone, 52 of Waco, GA
  • Amber Michelle Donovan, 30 of Muscadine, AL
  • Crystal Elders-Daniels, 35 of Tallapoosa, GA
  • Ronald Ridley, 62 of Buchanan, GA
  • Mary Layton, 45 of Buchanan, GA
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