A gambling bust on Wednesday left a few businesses in Swain County out of service.
Dozens of gaming machines are now in the custody of the sheriff after Anonymous tips from the community got an investigation started.
The investigation was ongoing for six months placing some deputies undercover in March.
The sheriff’s focus has been on three businesses: Lucky Shack and Teddy Bear in Whittier and 777 Arcade in Bryson City. The sheriff says they were running a gambling operation and that’s against the law.
Numerous gaming machines, prizes, cash registers, and ATMs were taken as evidence that now goes to the district attorney to keep the investigation rolling. Some of the owners were left with empty buildings. Up to 6 people now face charges.