Statements from those arrested noted the game had been ongoing for years.
On Wednesday, January 7, Central Georgia’s NBC affiliate — Macon’s WMGT-TV– reported that the Bibb County Sheriff’s Department will be the beneficiary of a check given by David Cooke, the district attorney in Bibb County. Plus, the collaborative effort of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Macon-Bibb County Sheriff’s Department produced Bibb County’s largest-ever commercial gambling bust–ever. However, remarkably, no one was officially indicted and the six people who were arrested will not face a trial or any jail time.
The scale of the arrest was so large that District Attorney Greg Edwards recused himself from prosecuting the case. The cost, according to Davis via the Telegraph, could reach $300,000.
Even though Macon’s District Attorney did not file charges regarding local convenience store owners, fourteen people who were arrested from a separate June 2014 bust in the southwest Georgia town of Albany were formally indicted in early January 2015. At a press conference David Cooke, Bibb County’s district attorney, said the following: “Based on the evidence we developed in the course of this investigation, the owners of the Shell station ultimately decided to cooperate with the state. The money is from a $175,000 settlement via ‘forfeiture’ from one of the Macon gas stations involved in a large gambling raid which occurred in November 2014. Authorities note that in Georgia, wagering money on golf and small card game betting is by law considered gambling and therefore illegal.
. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation raided a poker game at the former Riverhouse Restaurant on Lake Chehaw. A special prosecutor had been named for the recent high-profile gambling case involving former Albany mayor Willie Adams, businessman Robert Bob Brooks and 12 others. … Eleven Macon-Bibb convenience stores were raided and six people were arrested. The June 2014 arrest originated from a search warrant which was executed at a suspected gambling house in Albany. In December 2014, Bibb Sheriff David Davis had gone on record publicly in voicing his support for the use of body cameras and is hoping that he can equipped his deputies this summer.
A formal funding request is likely to be forwarded to the nine-member Macon-Bibb Board of Commissioners sometime when Fiscal 2016 budget is up for discussion and passage in July 2015. Based upon this cooperation, no criminal charges will be filed with respect to this location.”
Cooke officially presented Macon-Bibb Sheriff David Davis with a check for $43,929 for the sheriffs offices share of the settlement, which Davis said would serve as seed money to eventually help outfit deputies with body cameras. Davis, who assumed office after being elected in November 2012, estimates that three hundred cameras will be needed to outfit all patrol deputies