UPDATE (1 p.m.)—Baltimore County police raided ten Internet cafes on Wednesday where they believe illegal gambling took place, police announced in a release.
According to the release, detectives conducted a year-long investigation and found that the businesses were illegally using electronic gaming devices. Equipment was seized during the raid, starting at around 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The 10 locations, by police precinct, include:
- Spin and Win, 8500 block of Liberty Road, 21133, Randallstown
- Click N Spin Computer Club, 1800 block of Woodlawn Drive, 21207, Gwynn Oak
- Wireless Cafe II, 5200 block of Baltimore National Pike, 21229, Edmondson
- Hot Spot Sweepstakes, 1300 block of Goucher Boulevard, 21286, Towson
Precinct 9/White Marsh
- Fun Spot Cafe, 4100 block of East Joppa Road, 21236, Perry Hall
- Hidden Treasures, 9500 block of Philadelphia Road, 21237, Rosedale
- Big Dawgs Calling Cards, 6200 block of Kenwood Avenue, 21237, Rosedale
- Wheel of Fortune Phone Card Center, 100 block of Carroll Island Road, 21220, Middle River
- 88 Sweepstakes, 100 block of Beacon Road, 21220, Middle River
Precinct 12/North Point
- North Point Internet Café, 2700 block of North Point Road, 21224, North Point
"At the direction of Police Chief James Johnson, detectives conducted a year-long investigation of these internet cafes. They established that the businesses were using electronic gaming devices in an illegal manner. Detectives were able to use computer terminals to play electronic games and receive a monetary payout for points accumulated during the games," the release showed.
No arrests have yet been made in connection with the investigation, police stated.
The sweepstakes parlors, or Internet cafes, typically sell computer time and a chance to win a sweepstakes drawing, and also provide access to video poker, slots and other forms of online gambling.
John Cox, deputy director of the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office, first confirmed that search warrants had been issued.
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Editor Emily Kimball contributed to this report.