Sheriff's deputies raid Vidor game room

Sheriff's deputies raid Vidor game room

Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) raided a Vidor game room June 4 after receiving numerous complaints from area citizens sick of the gambling den, reports OCSO Criminal Investigator and Public Information Officer Janois Strause Grizzaffi.

According to Grizzaffi, OCSO deputies assisted by the Orange Police Department and the Sulfur, Louisiana Police Department executed a search warrant at a game room located in the 5600 block of North Main in Vidor following the citizen complaints. Among the items collected were motherboards from the gambling devices, electronic equipment, a sum of United States currency and documentation located on the premises.   

Under Texas penal code section 47, Grizzaffi describes, it is a class A misdemeanor to operate or participate in earnings of a gambling place or to receive, record or forward a bet or an offer to bet. A bet is defined as an agreement to win or lose something of value solely or partially by chance. It is also a class A misdemeanor to own, rent or have control of property being used for “gambling promotion."  Under Chapter 71 of the Texas Penal Code persons "Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity Gambling" can be charged with a state jail felony.

The investigation into the illegal practices and operation of this game room continues, and charges are expected to be filed with the Orange County District Attorney’s office for review, reports Grizzaffi.

Orange County Sheriff Merritt again warns any game room operators and/or participants that the Sheriff’s Office will continue looking into complaints regarding these types of establishments and will continue to seek prosecution for anyone not abiding by the law.

If you know of illegal game rooms or any other criminal activity, Grizzaffi asks that you call the Sheriff’s Office at (409) 883-2612 or to remain anonymous (and receive a possible cash reward), contact CrimeStoppers at (409) 833-TIPS (8477) or visit www.833TIPS.com

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