Special agents with state Alcohol Law Enforcement have led a statewide raid on 115 businesses targeted for illegal gaming.
A statement from the State Bureau of Investigation on Thursday said the undercover operation dubbed “Cannonball” showed the 115 establishments operated illegal gaming machines by paying out cash winnings for patrons placing bets on the machines and winning money. Most of the locations held permits with the ABC Commission and the N.C. Education Lottery.
North Carolina ABC Chairman Jim Gardner said any permitted locations found in violation could incur a fine or suspension of their permits. Gambling and illegal video gaming machines are prohibited under state law and aren’t allowed in locations holding ABC permits.
No arrests were made, but the SBI says there could be arrests as the investigation continues.