POSTED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 10:29am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 4:13pm
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — "The glove doesn't fit, if the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit." said former Mayor Pat Ahumada
Former mayor Pat Ahumada says he's innocent and did not nothing wrong.
His business, the Goldmine 7-7-7 was raided on Friday night. He was arrested and charged with keeping a gambling place. The District Attorney's office, Brownsville police, Homeland Security all taking part in the raid. Ahumada says district attorney Luis Saenz has a personal vendetta against him.
"If you have something that says it was illegal, we would gladly close voluntarily, there was no need for this none, but you know it's Pat Ahumada, Pat Ahumada is a trophy, and he wants to promote his image or do whatever." said Ahumada.
Ahumada says his business is a sweepstakes an it's not illegal.
" He's applying gaming laws that applicable to those arcades that are coin operated and they are by chance they are random play, sweepstakes is not, it’s totally different, sweepstakes is a pre determined system it's a finite system it's a guranteed system there will be winners, it's not a chance system and not coin operated, there is nothing wrong with paying out people redeeming their credits in cash." said Ahumada.
Saenz says he has no personal vendetta against Ahumada. He says it's all part of an 18-month criminal investigation called operation bishop aimed at shutting down all illegal gambling establishments in Cameron county that include 8-liners and sweepstakes.
"Instead of the manqinita you have a computer, instead of putting money in the manqinita you put the money into a money card you play as long as that money card has money, but otherwise that it's the same thing, people are going in, and getting paid cash and by his own admission he say he pays cash."said Saenz.
During the raid at the former mayor's establishment and another establishment in Port Isabel law enforcement seized more than 200 computers and other assorted equipment. Saenz says he hopes to shut down all 8-liners and sweepstakes that are illegal before the end of the year.
"We have given ourselves the December date, but I must say I am very happy, and I suspect we will be done be before December."said Saenz.