Police raid Youngstown gaming company

nannicola in youngstown, ohio raided

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police served a search warrant Wednesday afternoon at a Youngstown gaming supply company, although an agent on scene confirmed that no arrests were made.

The agent expected officers to be at Nannicola Wholesale on Salt Springs Road into late Wednesday afternoon or possibly the evening. The business is not being shut down, but was temporarily closed while the raid was done.

According to investigators, Wednesday’s raid is one of 30 search warrants being served across the state of Ohio. Police have not said what they are searching for at Nannicola or why they are inspecting the property.

The company sent an emailed statement in response to the search warrants Wednesday evening, saying there are multiple businesses that operate and hold records at 2750 Salt Springs Road. The statement said the search warrants were related to Playtronics Games, Inc., which provides skill-based games that are allowed under Ohio Law.

“All of the games represented by Playtronics, Inc. have been tested and approved for use in Ohio by an independent testing company.Though little information has been provided to Playtronics, Inc. leadership about what prompted the search, the corporation is fully complying and cooperating with all requests from law enforcement officials and hopes to promptly resolve the matter,” the statement read.

Company officials expect business to resume on Thursday.

According to a news release from the Ohio Investigative Unit, the 30 search warrants served in Ohio were part of a three-state sweep performed Wednesday.

The release stated that law enforcement personnel in Ohio, Florida and Georgia served 35 search warrants in total Wednesday. The 35 searches involved the OIU, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the United States Secret Service inspecting illegal gambling operations, according to the release.

A total of 35 search warrants were executed, with 30 taking place throughout Ohio, three in Florida and two in Georgia.

Criminal charges are not expected to be filed today, according to OIU Public Information Officer Julie Hinds.

Hinds said OIU is expected to file administrative charges Wednesday evening against liquor permit premises involved in Wednesday’s search warrants. Information regarding administrative charges will be released at that time.

Other agencies involved in the investigation include, from Ohio, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Euclid, Parma and Springfield (Clark County) police departments, as well as, from Florida, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

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