Orange County sheriff raids game room

Published 9:13 am Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Orange County Sheriff’s office on Monday executed a search warrant at a game room located at 5600 block of Highway 12 in Vidor.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Orange Police Department and the Sulfur, Louisiana police department.

The search warrant was initiated after numerous complaints from citizens in the area. Among the items collected were motherboards from the gambling devices, electronic equipment, a sum of cash and documentation located on the premises.

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Under Texas penal code section 47 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 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.