FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — Authorities in Cumberland County have raided video gambling sweepstakes cafes still in operation since they were declared illegal by the NC Supreme Court.
The Fayetteville Observer reports that teams of deputies went into the cafes Tuesday to arrest the owners, cite players and seize gaming terminals.
Many of the cafes stayed open, despite a court ruling in December. The owners argued that they changed their games to make them comply with the letter of North Carolina law.
Despite industry protests, sheriff’s attorney Ronnie Mitchell said the law enforcement agencies concluded they are illegal.
Sweepstakes cafes have been popular and have proliferated statewide since the mid-2000s. Critics say the outlets prey on people’s gambling addictions and draw crime. Others say they provide entertainment for adults and are an economic benefit.
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