11 GA businesses closed after gambling raids

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Laurens County officials say 11 businesses in the county are closed following gambling raids that led to the seizure of 39 machines.

Crime tape surrounded the businesses on Tuesday. Laurens County Sheriff W.A. Harrell and District Attorney Craig Fraser say they launched the operation after receiving complaints from the community.

Officials issued a statement saying vehicles, firearms, marijuana and $73,000 in cash were seized during the raids. They say one arrest has been made and about 20 more are pending.

Fraser says some homes also were searched because video gambling machines spotted by undercover officers were missing when the businesses were raided. He says gaming machines were found in some homes.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.