Officials Are Cracking Down On Gambling In The Lower Valley
POSTED: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:54am
UPDATED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 6:53pm
BROWNSVILLE - A two week investigation on gambling in Brownsville is under wraps.
Yesterday evening around 5:30 PM, two locations were served a warrant by the Special Investigations Unit for illegal gambling. One of the locations was on Highway 48 and the other at the 800 block of Paredes Line Road, which had 42 gambling devices on site that have now been confiscated.
Three subjects were arrested...50-year-old Irma Garza, 31-year-old Erick Montero, and 43-year-old Rogelio Hinojosa. Officer Trevino says there are no connections between the two locations that were shut down and that the machines were in violation of the Texas Gambling Statutes.
"Something to notice, the fact that these devices were paying more than ten times the amount wagered is what makes it illegal. Aside from that fact that if they do pay cash, that's illegal also."
Mr. & Mrs. Marquez, the owners of the complex off of Paredes Road and say they rented the space out thinking it was a legitimate business.
"We believe that they are running a legal business because they bring their permits from the city saying that everything is okay...now what they do inside, we are not here to babysit anybody."
Mrs. Marquez says she doesn't think the city should keep handing out permits if the problem is going to persist.
"They bring permits and they bring that everything is okay with the city, and then they shut them down and then they go and give them the permit again and they sell the machines back to them. So, I don't know how this is going to end. I mean if this is going to be a big problem, they just need to stop giving out permits."
Mrs. Marquez's husband, Raul Marquez says the same location has been shut down multiple times and feels the same way.