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By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Alcohol Law Enforcement agents and members of the Bladenboro Police Department executed search warrants at four video gaming establishments in Bladen County on Thursday afternoon.

Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said one establishment, Aladdin in Dublin, voluntarily closed.

The establishments where officers executed search warrants were 701 Sweepstakes near White Lake, Freddie’s on Elm in Clarkton, Klix 211 Arcade in Abbottsburg, and Jewels Sweepstakes in Bladenboro.

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Guyton said the officers seized video gaming machines from establishments and charges are expected to be filed against the owners.

“Charges against the workers will depend on their level of cooperation,” said Guyton.

He said a target letter has been sent to establishments with 3 or less machines giving those businesses until next Friday to close. If they don’t comply, they will face seizure of their machines.

Guyton said officers are still working at each establishment and charges are pending at press time.

BladenOnline.com will bring you more details as we have them.

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