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Gambling sting nets four arrests
Complaints lead to raid at two stores, authorities say
Khan Nahidul Hassan
N. Khan - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Two local convenience stores were shut down over the weekend as part of what authorities said was an ongoing countywide investigation into video gambling.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim House said two people were arrested Saturday at the Exxon by Hammond’s Crossing in north Forsyth.

According to Sheriff's Lt. Col. Gene Moss, Nahidul Hassan Khan, 49, was charged with one count each of operating a gambling place and commercial gambling.

Mohammad Zahangir Alam, 30, was charged with two counts commercial gambling.

As of Tuesday, both men remained in custody at the Forsyth County Detention Center.

According to jail spokeswoman, their bond amounts have been set at $11,110 per count of commercial gambling.

A third person, Mokaddes Hassan Khan, age unknown, turned himself in Tuesday at the jail. He faces one count commercial gambling, according to the spokeswoman.

House said the arrests were part of a two-month video gambling probe at sites across the county.

“They were giving out a cash payout,” House said. “The machines have been turned over to the company that owns them. Money was seized by the sheriff’s office.”

Authorities recovered $11,816 in the bust at the store, which is at the intersection of Hwys. 306 and 369.

In the second raid, House said investigators seized $1,715 after serving warrants at the Save Money Food Mart, 3671-B Hutchinson Road.

One employee, 36-year-old Ana Lilia Noriega, was charged with three counts commercial gambling.

"We received citizen complaints about cash payouts at these locations and ran undercover stings," Moss said. "As a result of an investigation we were able to make these arrests."