This week a 31 year old Texas man was arrested after he was found to be operating an illegal gambling business out of a store in Navasota.
The police in the town of 7,500 acted on a Crime Stoppers tip that claimed that a gambling room was running in the back of West End Grocery. Upon arriving, police went into the back room where they found seven different electronic gambling machines, which were being played by punters at the time. The store was sold to a new owner just three days before the raid, and the machines had been in place well before that time.
Regardless, the owner was taken into custody and he was charged with gambling promotion, which is a Class A misdemeanor in Texas that can have have a fine of up to $4,000 and one year in jail.
Commenting on the case Navasota Police Chief Justin Leeth said, "We kind of want to send the message that this is something not allowed."