Raid shuts down game room in north Houston

An undercover operation led to the search and the seizure of almost 200 gaming machines and an undisclosed amount of cash
January 11, 2014 12:41:30 PM PST
A suspected illegal game room in north Houston was closed Saturday morning after an overnight raid, and several people connected to the facility are now facing charges.

Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office deputies entered the game room on Airline near Tidwell while undercover Friday and reportedly received their winnings in cash, which is illegal.

Around 8pm, deputies returned with a search warrant and seized an unknown amount of cash and about 170 gaming machines. Officials said nearly 30 people were inside the business at the time, and deputies detained at least four employees.

This is the second game room raid carried out by Pct. 1 deputies in the past month.

Pct. 1 Constable Alan Rosen said his deputies have been targeting game rooms since the businesses can lead to other crimes.

"We're conducting these raids because we find that a lot of these illegal gaming establishments breed other criminal elements," Rosen said. "People are walking in and out of these establishments with money. So people that are committing robberies, committing thefts, they are all coming to these facilities because they know people going in and coming out may have a large amount of money on them."

The constable added that people with gambling addictions may turn to crime to feed their habit.

"When I took office, I was charged with really trying to clean up Precinct 1, and that's exactly what I'm doing," Rosen said.

The four employees who were detained could face illegal gambling charges.

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