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Internet cafe raid seizes 70 computers

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FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Several agencies came together in Florence County to serve warrants as part of an ongoing investigation into two businesses that many Pee Dee citizens are fed up with.

Captain Michael Nunn, spokesman for the Florence County Sheriff's Office, says their office joined with the South Carolina Attorney General's Office, agents with SLED and the Florence City Police Department to execute search warrants at two internet cafés at 2112  South Irby Street in Florence Thursday.

Approximately 70 computers used to play the games of chance at Showtime Sweepstakes and Sweepstakes Headquarters were seized by authorities, as well as other operational assets.

"We have received an ever increasing number of citizen complaints about these operations," Sheriff Kenney Boone states. "The Attorney General and SLED have determined that these businesses violate the gambling laws of South Carolina as games of chance, and we will continue to enforce the law where it applies."

Nunn adds that this investigation is ongoing and criminal charges against the businesses are pending.

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