Baltimore County Police on Wednesday morning executed search warrants on 10 online gambling and sweepstakes businesses, including Hot Spot Sweepstakes in the 1300 block of Goucher Boulevard in Towson.
In a statement, the police department said the raids, which were carried out in conjuction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigation, and the U.S. Attorney's Office, was the culmination of a year-long investigation ordered by county police Chief Jim Johnson.
Police said the investigation "established that the businesses were using electronic gaming devices in an illegal manner."
During the investigation, detectives had gone into the establishments, used the computer terminals at the internet cafés and were given monetary payouts for points earned, police said.
No arrests have been made, but police said charges could be filed at the conclusion of the investigation after the evidence recovered in the raids is examined.
Other locations that were searched include:
- Spin and Win, 8500 block of Liberty Road in Randallstown
- Click N Spin Computer Club, 1800 block of Woodlawn Drive in Woodlawn
- Wireless Cafe II, 5200 block of Baltimore National Pike in Charing Cross
- Fun Spot Cafe, 4100 block of East Joppa Road in Perry Hall
- Hidden Treasures, 9500 block of Philadelphia Road in Rossville
- Big Dawgs CallingCards, 6200 block of Kenwood Avenue in Rosedale
- Wheel of Fortune Phone Card Center, 100 block of Carroll Island Road in Middle River
- 88 Sweepstakes, 100 block of Beacon Road in Middle River
- North Point Internet Cafe, 2700 block of North Point Road in Dundalk
The investigation remains open at this time, police said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun