NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – Authorities executed search warrants to raid two separate gambling establishments late Friday night, citing several patrons, and arresting four employees for operating the parlors.
According to Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss, authorities have been investigating both locations for weeks.
"We had to do a little more research on this- try and study how the pay-out was going. We sent undercover officers in a couple of nights ago to see how the gaming play was still progressing," said Kerss.
One parlor was located on Woden Road, less than a mile from the Woden area. Kerss says roughly 15 citations were issued to patrons while one employee was arrested for operating the establishment. Investigators confiscated roughly $2,700 in cash. Kerss said the Woden location is believed to be linked to an Austin based company involved with other illegal gaming operations.
Authorities also raided and shut down a parlor located on South East Stallings Drive near Woden Road.
Kerss says 20 to 25 patrons were cited, while three were arrested for operating the establishment. Authorities uncovered roughly $4,700 in cash. Kerss said the establishment is believed to be linked to a Fort Worth based company also involved with illegally operated establishments.
After shutting down both facilities, investigators seized roughly 70 gaming machines from both parlors.
Kerss said the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Department was assisted by the Nacogdoches Police Department, Constables Office in Precinct 4, the Attorney General's Office, as well as the Texas Rangers.
Tonight on your East Texas News, KTRE's Whitney Grunder will bring you more on last night's raids, including an interview with one of the patrons who claims she learned her lesson.