Harris County sues truck stop in Channelview for alleged illegal gambling

February 22, 2014 5:03:52 PM PST
Harris County is trying to clean up crime at what it calls one of the most dangerous truck stops in the country.

The county attorney's office has filed a nuisance lawsuit against the Key Truckstop on the East Freeway in Channelview. The suit claims the property has a game room with illegal gambling and is a hotbed of drugs, robberies and prostitution.

The county says the property owners have a responsibility to be good corporate citizens..

"Hiring some security would be a first step -- security cameras, lighting. There's a list of things we can recommend and suggest and ask the court that they order them to do if they're not willing to do it voluntarily," Assistant Harris County Attorney Celena Vinson said.

If the owners don't take steps to reduce crime, the truck stop could be shut down for one year.

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