Seven people were arrested following a gambling raid by Henry County authorities Wednesday. Police confiscated 46 game operating machines, including those picture, from three local game rooms. Approximately 50 officers from the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force, Henry County Police SWAT unit and Henry County Sheriff’s Office SWAT unit took part the illegal gambling raid.
Four people were in Henry County Magistrate Court Thursday, following their arrests during gambling raids conducted by Henry County law enforcement officers.
Police confiscated 46 gambling machines, weapons, and drugs during the raids, which began at 7 a.m., and concluded around 5 p.m., according to police.
Henry Police Sgt. Joey Smith said 50 officers from the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force, along with Henry County Police SWAT, and Henry County Sheriff’s SWAT, executed three search warrants Wednesday. Three gamerooms were targeted after a lengthy illegal gambling investigation, said Smith. A total of seven people were arrested and more arrests are pending, said police.
Smith said “of the seven persons arrested, two were released by citation with unrelated misdemeanor charges. One person arrested was a 17-year-old female declared as a runaway juvenile wanted out of Floyd County ... [and] an estimated $8,000 in cash was seized during the operation.” He said two additional arrest warrants are pending.
Alton Jun Chinn Lee, of Griffin; Dianne Hazel Woods, of Jonesboro; Mary Kristena Poor, of Stockbridge, and David Andrew Stephens, of Atlanta, were charged with commercial gambling. Stephens received additional charges, which include possession of methamphetamine, possession of valium, possession of ecstasy, possession of marijuana, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Woods, 65, Stephens, 35, and Poor, 56, were arrested during the raid at Lucky Bob’s Game Room, located at 886 Rock Quarry Road, in Stockbridge. Police confiscated 10 machines at Lucky Bob’s, said Smith.
Lee, 43, was arrested at Rack & Que Billiards, located at 262 West Fairview Road, in Ellenwood. Police confiscated 18 machines at Rack & Que. Ricky’s, located at 458 Santa Fe Trail, in Ellenwood, also was raided. Police confiscated 18 gambling machines at Ricky’s Place, continued the sergeant.
Lee, Woods, Poor and Stephens appeared before Henry County Magistrate Court Judge Robert Godwin. Godwin set a $30,000 bond for Stephens. Stephens remained in the Henry County Jail at press time Thursday. Stephens and Poor are scheduled to return to magistrate court July 19, at 2 p.m.
Poor bonded out of jail on a $5,000 bond set by Godwin. Woods and Lee bonded out of jail on a $10,000 bond for each. They are scheduled to return to magistrate court on July 17, at 2 p.m.