Jintendra Raval, 38 of Dallas, was booked into the Floyd County Jail this week in connection with a commercial gambling raid that occurred in Rome last December. Raval was initially arrested in Miami, Florida before being extradited back to Rome.
Raval is the owner of Garden Lakes Food and Beverage located at 2022 Redmond Circle.
Two more suspects were arrested this week following the gambling raids at seven stores in Floyd County. On Friday, police charged Imran H. Kalavant, 29, with commercial gambling and Courtney S. Pope, 23, with two counts of commercial gambling.
Two arrests have been made, with more expected, following the raid of seven Floyd County convenience stores on Wednesday. Police charged Madhur Gupta, 35, with two counts of commercial gambling and Mehrunnisha Kalavant, 31, with one count.
Gupta is the owner of the Calhoun Quick Stop and the Maple Quick Stop, while Kalavant owns the One Stop Shop.
The GBI’s Commercial Gambling Unit, along with the Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force, the Rome Police Department, the Floyd County Police Department, and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, and in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Georgia Department of Revenue executed seven (7) search warrants in the city limits of Rome, Georgia for violations of Georgia’s commercial gambling laws.
Search warrants were served at seven (7) business locations. While searching the locations, agents collected evidence related to crimes of commercial gambling and seized monetary assets gained from the illegal use of gaming machines.
All of the locations are currently licensed to operate Coin Operated Amusement Machines. However, during the course of the investigation, agents discovered customers were receiving cash payouts for winning credits. In Georgia, credits may only be redeemed for lottery tickets and/or store merchandise.
Search warrants were executed at the following business locations:
Garden Lakes Food and Beverage, 2022 Redmond Circle
Maple Quick Stop, 1912 Maple Avenue
Sammy’s Salvage, 1301 Shorter Avenue
Calhoun Quick Stop, 1120 Calhoun Avenue
Lucky Lotto #3, 1300 Shorter Avenue
One Stop Shop for All, 1433 North Broad Street
One Stop Shop, 2017 Maple Avenue
Multiple arrests are pending. In total, more than 80 Agents, Investigators, Police Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies launched the raids in a simultaneous and coordinated fashion.