Early this week, authorities in the US state of Georgia launched a campaign called “Operation Jackpot”. While this sounds like a lucrative gambling opportunity, the truth is not quite as nice, for it is the code name of a series of raids against illegal gambling operations.
The sting is the result of a three month investigation, and involved 150 FBI agents, US Marshals and Immigration Customs Enforcement officers.
The target of the raids is a series of illegal gambling houses. Police have seized hundreds of gambling machines and thousands of dollars in cash. Fifteen people have been arrested since the raids began a few days ago. A slot machine manufacturing company called All Star was also raided, and its owner was among those arrested.
“We stumbled on a pretty major organization,” explained Sheriff Kem Kimbrough. “Turns out these operations are supported by a company that manufactures gambling devices out in Rockdale County. What makes them illegal is the fact that they are utilized with cash payouts.”
Those arrested will face charges related to the manufacturing and possession of gambling devices.