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GIBSONVILLE, N.C. — The town of Gibsonville shut down four sweepstakes that operate inside its city limits, according to authorities.

Various law enforcement agencies executed search warrants to remove any machine that breaks the law.

North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents charged three Gibsonville sweepstakes business owners with operating illegal video game machines.

According to the ALE, Robert Cooper of Snow Camp, owner of C& C Internet, 115-117 Lewis St., Gibsonville; Jiaguan Liu of Burlington, owner of CJ’s Business Center, 115 Eugene St., Gibsonville; and Weimin Jiang of Burlington, owner of Q&Q Biz, 212 West Main St., Gibsonville, were charged.

They’re basing this new action on the November State Court of Appeals ruling deeming this type of sweepstakes illegal.

“If it was legal I wouldn’t be saying anything, but it’s not,” said Police Chief Ron Parrish, who says he warned sweepstakes owners two weeks ago. “I took a copy of the appeals court ruling and delivered it to each location and told them specifically that it would be the policy of the Gibsonville Police Department to enforce the state statue.”

More than 200 illegal sweepstake gaming machines and $14,277 in cash were seized.

This is believed to be the first sweepstakes raid since that ruling.

“[The ruling] has cleared up a lot of confusion,” said Special Agent Michael Yates with the ALE. “They are being cited on a citation not physically arrested or taken to jail.”

While it’s law enforcement job to enforce the law, it’s North Carolina lawmakers many people have problems with calling them hypocrites for supporting and funding gambling through the states lottery but denying anyone else the right to do so.

“It’s because [lawmakers] can’t get their hands on the tax revenue that comes off of it,” said Gibsonville resident Jeff Clodfelter. “If they can’t get their piece of the pie you can’t do it.”

ALE officials says when sweepstakes parlors are shut down in your community will be up to your local district attorney and law enforcement agency. The ALE is ready to assist when they get the call.