Bibb County District Attorney Greg Winters visited city council Tuesday evening to speak to the Community Resources and Develeopment Committee about electronic gambling machines.
Winters told council members the number of machines in Bibb County and the lack of government regulation has created what he referred to as a "huge issue" for the community.
"I don't think we really have a grasp of how big an issue," says Winters.
Winters told committee members that although the games themselves are not illegal, they often spawn illegal activity.
He says he believes many store owners violate or circumvent the law by either paying winners cash prizes or allowing them redeem the balance of store vouchers for cash.
"We have vast sums of money that are being exchanged illegally with
people walking out on the streets which is leading to possibly
robberies, drug activity, and just other criminal activity that arises
out of that," says Winters.