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This week the Bexar County Sheriff's Office in Texas announced that they've broken up a suspected gambling ring after three years of surveillance.
The long operation culminated in the arrest of one suspect, raiding the rural site at around 10 PM on Saturday. The raid saw cops taking in slot machines and a bit of cash. There were reportedly two people running the operation, but only Tammy Rae Tankersley was arrested. She stands charged with three misdemeanors as well as a felony count of possession of a gambling device.
It appears that there were a couple dozen people inside the building gambling, and all of those inside will reportedly be charged with misdemeanor illegal gambling.
Speaking about the gambling ring Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said, "It's a pretty ramshackle building, very ragged inside. But it's lined completely wall-to-wall all around the building, both major rooms, with very bright colored gambling devices, slot machines. We've got to follow a paper trail to make sure and find out who the owner is, but the person in charge of the property tonight is going to jail."
It's strange to think that breaking up such a small operation would require three months of surveillance. Surely, the Sheriff's office has better ways to manage their time and resources.