Hearing waived on Second Avenue gambling charges

One of three men facing gambling charges at a Second Avenue business waived his hearing in Columbus Recorder’s Court today.

Jay Chaudhary, 31, is charged with commercial gambling, keeping a place of gambling and possession of tools for commission of a crime after eight machines were seized by the Special Operations Unit. He was arrested at 9:25 a.m. Friday at the Quik Stop and held in the Muscogee County Jail for a 9 a.m. hearing today in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

Chaudhary was represented by defense attorney Stacey Jackson who waived his hearing. Judge Michael Joyner set bonds totaling $8,000 and bound all charges to Muscogee Superior Court.

On Thursday evening, agents arrested Mitl Bhalodi and Darshan Bhalodi at the same business at 2206 Second Ave.Mitl Bhalodi, 31, is accused of keeping a place of gambling and Darshan Bhalodi, 27, faces charges of keeping a place of gambling, commercial gambling and possession of tools for commission of a crime.

They were both arrested around 9:25 p.m. Thursday and taken to the Muscogee County Jail. Both were released on bond Friday.

Police Capt. Gil Slouchick said eight machines were seized at the business in connection with the investigation. Customers at the business allegedly were given cash payments for prizes, a violation of the law.