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Gambling machines found in Dade County restaurant

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WILDWOOD, DADE COUNTY (WRCB) - Investigators with the Dade County Sheriff's Department have uncovered an underground gambling operation run out of a restaurant, WRCBtv.com was the first to report on Thursday morning.

Acting on a tip, Channel 3 Eyewitness News confirmed the Dade County Sheriff's Department arrested Lewis Daniel Dodson after finding 11 gambling machines inside Pappy's Barbeque on Highway 299 in Wildwood.

According to Sheriff Patrick Cannon, undercover deputies entered Pappy's and played the machines at the restaurants for several minutes then cashed out.  After Dodson paid the deputies in cash, he was arrested.

"I am sure it happens all over Georgia. It's just one of those things where complaints come in that there is illegal gambling going on and we are going to investigate it," says Sheriff Patrick Cannon.

Many people we talked to Thursday weren't surprised to hear about the arrest. 

"I think it is pretty common knowledge that they are in a few places but a I don't really think it's that healthy for the community for it to be there quite honestly," says Dade County resident Phil Rodman.

Dodson was charged with commercial gambling, keeping a gambling establishment, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bond has been set at $5,000.

If you have a news tip you want Channel 3 to investigate, email newstips@wrcbtv.com.

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