Thursday, June 6, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
NORCROSS -- Two Stone Mountain men and a Lilburn man were indicted this week for running a commercial gambling operation out of a Norcross gas station.
A Gwinnett County grand jury returned indictments on Wednesday against Mohammad Kamal Khalequzzaman, Fazel U. Mohammed and Abdul M. Mohammed for participating in the earnings of a gambling place and receiving bets in the process. Khalequzzaman, the owner and operator of a convenience store at 1164 Rockbridge Road in Norcross, was arrested in August on three gambling-related charges. Within the same week, the other two men were also arrested on gambling-related charges.
Khalequzzaman, of Stone Mountain, was charged with possession of gambling devices, keeping a gambling place and commercial gambling, a felony. Gwinnett County jail records show he was released on a $10,500 bond.
Fazel Mohammed, of Lilburn, was charged with possession of gambling devices, keeping a gambling place and commercial gambling. He was released on a $4,250 bond. Abdul Mohammed was charged with commercial gambling and keeping a gambling place. He was released on a $8,100 bond.
The arrests came after undercover police officers were given payouts from illegal gambling machines, Cpl. Jake Smith told the Daily Post in August. On "several occasions" between July 5 and July 31, undercover vice detectives visited the store and used gambling machines located inside, Smith said.
It was unclear how many machines were allegedly located inside the store.