On Nov. 19, agents with the Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna organized crime unit entered the 5 Points Food Store, 1649 Roswell St., and verified the presence of four electronic gaming machines on which customers could insert money to receive electronic credits used to gamble.
“These machines are akin to slot machines used to place a bet for each play,” according to the arrest warrant.
Khalid Iqbal, 50, of Greenhouse Patio Drive in Kennesaw was charged with commercial gambling, a felony, video amusement gambling and keeping a place of gambling, both misdemeanors.
The agents said in the warrant they played the four machines and once they received a winning amount of credits they “cashed out” by pushing the “print ticket” button, which caused a ticket to print out at the front register. The clerk at the register would then pay the agents cash out of the register for the amount of the credit won on the gaming machine. On Nov. 19 they allegedly received a payout of $30. They returned on Nov. 26 and said they received a payout of $20. And on Dec. 3, the agents reportedly received a cash payout of $95 from Iqbal.
Capt. Joseph Bennett of Smyrna Police was said to have received an anonymous tip at a Smyrna town hall meeting indicating that patrons were receiving cash payouts for the video gaming machines at 5 Points Food Store.
Iqbal was booked into the Cobb County jail on Dec. 13 and released that same day on a $5,720 bond.