SAN JACINTO COUNTY, Texas – About 700 gambling machines were seized and 239 charges were filed after San Jacinto County deputies carried out search warrants against illegal gambling establishments in the county.
According to the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Greg Capers authorized the operation on May 29 after a 5 ½-month investigation. About 208 peace officers from the southeast Texas are were split into teams and executed the search warrants.
Twenty-one different game rooms and small stores were entered along with the homes of people who owned the illegal gambling places. Over the next several days, peace officers searched seven other homes and seized four bank accounts.
According to SJCSO, the operation completely shut down all illegal gambling establishments in the country.
Thirty-six people were arrested and 26 were still at large on Monday. The charges filed ranged from engaging on organized crime to keeping a gambling place and gambling promotion. All the customers present during the raids were released, but several were cited for illegal gambling.
SJCSO said in total the officers seized more than $730,000 in cash and $329,000 in property.
Deputies said there is an ongoing investigation and additional charges and arrests are anticipated.