2012-03-28 / Front Page

Gambling warrants served Thursday, with five arrests

by Terry Toole


Sheriff’s trucks backed up to load confiscated internet cafe machines. Sheriff’s trucks backed up to load confiscated internet cafe machines. As a result of several months of undercover investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, two southwest Georgia businesses had warrants executed on them and five arrests were made charging individuals with gambling activities.

Last year, Governor Nathan Deal announced that he wants all internet cafes and internet sweepstakes stores shut down.

Four law enforcement agencies were involved in the sting operation Thursday, March 22, 2012, when warrants on two businesses were executed according to GBI Agent Mark Pro.

Emerald Lake RV Park of Colquitt and Happy Jack Convenience Store in Jakin were covered with law officers Thursday, March 22, in an internet cafe bust.

GBI agents, Miller County Sheriff's officers and Pataula Drug Task Force were credited with the hit at the Colquitt business. Early County Sheriff's officers, GBI and Patautla Drug Task Force went to the Jakin store.


GBI agents process evidence at the scene. GBI agents process evidence at the scene. In Colquitt, 21 gambling machines were confiscated by the officers from the RV park and were placed under the supervision of law enforcement agencies. Don C. Mathis and Terry Bruner Legrone were arrested, with more suspects to be arrested in the cases.

In Jakin, 33 gambling machines were taken, and the store is under the supervision of law enforcement agencies. Darrell Agostino, Kelvin Hodges and Tiffany Nichole Hodges were arrested.

One officer was asked at the crime scene if internet cafes could possibly be legal in Georgia.

He stated that if the proprietors went exactly by the law, it may be possible, but highly unlikely. When money is exchanged, the law is broken. It is illegal to gamble with cash in Georgia unless you gamble with the state.

According to District Attorney Craig Earnest, all those arrested were taken to Seminole County where Judge Lane allowed the suspects charged with one count of gambling each, to be bonded out on a $5000 bond. The cases are still under investigation.



G.B.I. agents check some of the machines confiscated. G.B.I. agents check some of the machines confiscated.

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