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More Illegal Game Rooms Shut Down in Duval County

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DUVAL COUNTY (Kiii News) -

In Duval County, several illegal 8-liner game rooms were shut down during a Wednesday night raid.

Kiii News Reporter Bill Churchwell was with Sheriff's Deputies during the bust and shows us who was arrested.

The Lucky Seven on Dunlap in San Diego ran out of luck along with two other game rooms. It was all the result of a 45-day investigation by the Duval County Sheriff's Office.

Customers were caught by surprise. Some leaving their money in the machines. Many did not want to be on camera.

"We came to win money, what little bit we can," a game room attendant said.

The move comes after the Sheriff vowed to continue his efforts to crack down on 8-liner game rooms that operate illegally.

"And we were able to obtain three search warrants for three different game room establishments," Duval County Sheriff Romeo Ramirez said.

Customers were allowed to leave, but not before investigators took down their information. However, the game room operator wasn't so lucky. She left in handcuffs.

"I respect the city's decision to allow them to come into the city, however, they're still violating the laws by paying out cash awards," said Sheriff Ramirez.

Sheriff's Deputies cracked open machine after machine.  80 in all just at this one establishment.  An inventory will be taken and the money inside seized.

"Again , I understand that these are game room establishments that are probably enjoyable for the elderly, but at the same token they are a violation of the law," Ramirez said. "At the same time we have had other game room establishments that have been robbed at gunpoint and I don't want to take the chance of losing a life over somebody enjoying themselves."