Suspected illegal gambling probes in Henrico and Hanover

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - New video of Hanover investigators raiding a convenience store, one of several businesses targeted for suspected illegal gambling. This is exclusive video of gaming machines removed from the Dash Mart on Mechanicsville Turnpike.

A regular customer at one business said he's surprised by what went down at H & L Business Center on West Broad Street. It's one of four businesses and an apartment that caught the eye of investigators.

A trailer packed tight with gaming machines as a suspected illegal gambling crackdown spans two counties.

In Henrico, investigators hauled away evidence from B&W Business Center on Staples Mill Road and H&L Business Center on West Broad.

"They pay just like any other slot machine in Atlantic City or Las Vegas," said James Staples.
Staples watched the West Broad raid unfold.

"As far as I know it was legit. You give them some cash, they give you what you call wire minutes or email minutes. You go play and if you win some, you go right back to the desk and they pay you," said Staples.

In a separate case, Hanover investigators seized items from Lucky Sweepstakes in Mechanicsville.

A search warrant states undercover officers played games there four different times during April and May. During one visit, an employee told an officer about a reported winning of two grand.

Authorities searched the owner's apartment on Queensmere Place in Henrico. The warrant states they were looking for illegal gambling contraband.

Minutes after the Lucky Sweepstakes raid wrapped, Hanover authorities set their sites at the Dash Mart just down the road, the same convenience store busted last month for allegedly selling the synthetic marijuana known as spice.

It's a separate investigation from Lucky Sweepstakes. Authorities said investigators were only there to collect evidence. At this point, no arrests have been made and no charges filed.

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