Two illegal gambling operations busted in Texas
Another week, another illegal gambling operation taken down by the police. This time, it was in Smith County, TX after police made surprise visits to two businesses and a residence on Thursday. The raids resulted in one person being arrested and more than five receiving citations.
Following six weeks of undercover operations, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office launched their mid-afternoon raids at Minute Stop Valero convenience store and Express Beer and Wine with warrants in hand. Both businesses had been suspected of operating illegal gambling rooms. The owner of both businesses, who wasn’t named, also had his home searched as investigators concluded that financial records of the operations were kept there. Ten gaming machines at the convenience store were confiscated, along with another five at the liquor store. Since the gambling proceeds were apparently combined with the legal operations of both businesses, all of the cash in both was seized. The sheriff’s office didn’t disclose how much cash was collected.
54 establishments in the area had recently been given cease and desist orders. While most complied, these two businesses continued their underground gambling activities. When the sheriff’s office found out, they began sending in undercover officers to begin the investigation. Investigations will continue throughout the area to try and control the thriving illegal gambling market.