Pre-Reveal Games Not The Target of Law Enforcement
Greenville, NC – Multiple law enforcement agencies in Pitt County serve over 25 search warrants to convenience stores operating sweepstakes machines. Officers began their operation at 9AM. They seized 95 sweepstakes machines and over $33,000 in cash.
The raids and seizures started at the City Gas store on North Greene Street. Sheriff deputies executed a warrant to seize their sweepstakes machines.
At about the same time, teams from across the county were executing other search warrants. In total, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and Greenville Police Department targeted 29 stores.
Chief Hassan Aden, a major player in the operation says this will reduce the amount of crime in Pitt County. He says criminals target these businesses because of the amount of cash they carry.
Officers went under cover and have been monitoring complaints since last year. They say they did so to cover their bases. So if they didn’t find anything on Tuesday, they’d still have enough to file charges.
“We gave them a warning, told them that if they were using that particular type of machine with that software we’re going to enforce it.,” District Attorney Kimberly Robb said. The new Pre-Reveal Games are the only known games to have won court cases regarding their legality against NC sweepstakes ban bill HB-80 that went into effect December of 2010.
The business is quite lucrative. Sheriff Elks says the owner of City Gas pulled out $2,000 and said he made that in one night.
Police haven’t arrested anyone in connection to this operation yet, but says arrests are pending. At this time officers are holding onto the machines and cash they collected to later prosecute the owners in court.