Seven arrested in gambling machine raid - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Seven arrested in gambling machine raid

Live Oak Liquors on Highway 135 South in Lakeland was one of the nine stores raided Live Oak Liquors on Highway 135 South in Lakeland was one of the nine stores raided
Live Oak Liquor Store Live Oak Liquor Store
Lanier County Sheriff's Deputies guarding the door at the Live Oak Liquor Store Lanier County Sheriff's Deputies guarding the door at the Live Oak Liquor Store
The Bulldog Fuel Stop #3 on Highway 84 in Stockton was also raided in the bust The Bulldog Fuel Stop #3 on Highway 84 in Stockton was also raided in the bust
Law enforcement officials work to process evidence inside the Bulldog Fuel Stop convenience store Law enforcement officials work to process evidence inside the Bulldog Fuel Stop convenience store
STOCKTON, GA -

Seven people have been arrested after raids in four south Georgia counties by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

The operation named "Operation Liberty Bell" began over two years ago.

Alapaha Judicial Circuit District Attorney Dick Perryman says the charges against the seven include commercial gambling, conspiracy to commit commercial gambling, keeping a gambling place, communication of gambling information and solicitation of another to gamble.

Perryman has filed a civil RICO action to seize the assets, property and proceeds from the accused gambling operations.

The seven people charged are Nilesh S. Patel aka Neal Patel, Bhagavatiben Patel, Bhavinkumar Joshi aka Bobby Joshi, Steven Meadors, Jr., Austin Woods, Rajendrakumar Patel aka Raj Patel and Dharmistaben Patal aka Tina Patel.

"Operation Liberty Bell" began when Lanier County Sheriff Nick Norton assigned special investigators to look into complaints of gambling in the county.

The investigation grew to include the District Attorney's Office, GBI Gambling Enforcement Unit, Georgia Department of Revenue, Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, Berrien County Sheriff's, Ray City Police Department, FBI Gang Task Force and the U.S. Department of Customs and Immigration Enforcement.

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Will FEMA extend Monday's registration deadline?

    Will FEMA extend Monday's registration deadline?

    Monday, March 27 2017 12:16 PM EDT2017-03-27 16:16:41 GMT

    With less than 7 hours to go before the last FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in South Georgia closes permanently, and the deadline to register with FEMA expires, the staff is seeing a steady flow of people seeking help.  

    More >>

    With less than 7 hours to go before the last FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in South Georgia closes permanently, and the deadline to register with FEMA expires, the staff is seeing a steady flow of people seeking help.  

    More >>
  • Thomas schools increase security after social 'threat'

    Thomas schools increase security after social 'threat'

    Monday, March 27 2017 11:51 AM EDT2017-03-27 15:51:54 GMT
    (WALB image)(WALB image)

    The Thomas County School Messenger says that the system beefed up school security today, after a social media threat, that it deemed 'vague and not credible." 

    More >>

    The Thomas County School Messenger says that the system beefed up school security today, after a social media threat, that it deemed 'vague and not credible." 

    More >>
  • Man wanted in Coffee starts high-speed chase

    Man wanted in Coffee starts high-speed chase

    Monday, March 27 2017 10:00 AM EDT2017-03-27 14:00:41 GMT
    Highsmith arrested (Source: Coffee Police Scanner)Highsmith arrested (Source: Coffee Police Scanner)

    Coffee County deputies conducted a traffic stop on 31-year-old John Thomas Highsmith Saturday afternoon just after 3:00 p.m. on the Willacoochee Highway. Highsmith ran through a stop sign, barely avoiding a multi-vehicle collision.

    More >>

    Coffee County deputies conducted a traffic stop on 31-year-old John Thomas Highsmith Saturday afternoon just after 3:00 p.m. on the Willacoochee Highway. Highsmith ran through a stop sign, barely avoiding a multi-vehicle collision.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly