Deputies raid game room near Vidor

Orange County deputies and other law enforcement officers raided a game room in the 5600 block of North Main outside of Vidor, and Sheriff Keith Merritt warns game room operators and customers he'll continue looking into complaints linked to such establishments and seek prosecution of those operating illegally.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Monday at a game room in the 5600 block of Hwy 12 near 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 money and documentation located on the premises.

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 State Jail Felony.

The investigation into the illegal practices and operation of this game room continues, according to Sheriff Merritt, and charges are expected to be filed with the Orange County District Attorney’s office for review.

Sheriff Merritt again warns any game room operators and/or participants the Sheriff’s Office will continue looking into complaints about these types of establishments and will continue to seek prosecution of anyone not abiding by the law.

If you know of illegal game rooms or any other criminal activity, you can call the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 409-883-2612 or to remain anonymous (and receive a possible cash reward) contact Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477) or visit www.833TIPS.com.

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