OPD Says Game Room Raids are a Result of Concerned Citizens 9/18/13
It was a massive undertaking today: the Odessa Police, FBI and DEA all coming together to raid 12 video gaming establishments in Odessa.
OPD says this investigation has been going on since July, and it all happened thanks to concerned citizens.
"We received several complaints from the citizens of Odessa in reference to illegal gambling and possible illegal activity at several of the game rooms throughout Odessa," said Corporal Steve LeSueur of the Odessa Police Department.
It was citizens like Ray Pierson who said he has been writing the city and police department for years.
"I'm with the Commemorative Air Force and we do charitable Bingo and they're destroying us," Pierson said. "I just tell 'em it's an illegal thing in Texas."
Odessa police tell us that the arrests are for three Class "A" Misdemeanors all involving gambling: the promotion of gambling, the possession of gambling devices, and keeping a gambling place.
All these offences can be punishable by up to a year in jail, up to a $4,000 dollar fine, or both.
"12 search warrants were executed, all at the same time at approximately 11 hundred hours this morning and 67 arrest warrants were obtained," LeSueur shared.
Pierson said it's nice to see something being done; and, that it came from people like himself.
"I hope they stay with it and keep it up," he said with a smile. "So, I'm proud to see what they're doing today."