Three people in Kingsville, Texas were arrested for running an illegal gambling ring that was in business in Kleberg and Nueces counties.
The three were arrested after warrants were issued against three storage units, a home, and an alleged betting location. Two of the suspects were arrested when they were pulled over trying to transport money from the gambling rings, holding $7,011 at the time or arrest. Agents did detain a fourth suspect, but he escaped while his car was being searched.
The police task force said that the ring has been operating for multiple years, generating large amounts of money. The raids saw gambling machines, paperwork, and more than $43,000 seized. The defendants are facing charges of gambling promotion, keeping a gambling place, possession of a gambling device, equipment or paraphernalia, and engaging in organized criminal activity.
Commenting on the case task force commander Tom Roddy said, "These individuals exploit the poor and elderly, and anyone desperate for the chance to win money and help their financial situation. In reality, the game room operators have but one goal; take your money and put it in their pockets. They have no regard for anyone but themselves, and their illegal establishments are unregulated and a haven for other criminal activity."