On Friday, sheriff's deputies arrested and cited more than 10 people in relation to two illegal sweepstakes parlors in Scotland County.
Officially prohibited in February, many gambling facilities in the county continued to operate until given explicit warnings by law enforcement.
Sheriff Shep Jones said that the two parlors shut down on Friday initially closed when warned in February, but since reopened and attempted to operate under the radar.
"We gave them warnings and everything like that, but some folks just continue to do it," Jones said. "They feel like they've got software that's legal, but actually it's not."
By using undercover personnel, authorities were able to determine that Carolina Cyber Center on U.S. 401 South was operating illegally, as was a facility at 17460 McFarland Road.
On Friday afternoon, the Carolina Cyber Center operator was charged, while eight clients playing games at the time of the raid were cited. Charges against the proprietors of the McFarland Road parlor, who housed the business in an outbuilding behind their home, are pending.
For further details, see Tuesday's issue of The Laurinburg Exchange.