Texarkana Texas Police Bust Alleged Gambling Operation
The Texarkana Texas Police Department served a search warrant at an alleged covert gambling establishment in the 2700 block of New Boston Road and arrested two people.
Detectives from the Special Investigation Section arrested Lee Dailey, 51, of Palestine Texas and James Thompson Jr., 25, of DeKalb Texas after serving the search warrant at an unmarked store front business in Oaklawn Village. Dailey is believed to own the business, and Thompson is an employee.
Police say they received information from citizens about the gambling operation approximately two weeks ago. During the course of the investigation, undercover officers entered the business on several occasions and alegedly paid to play the eight-liner games on computers inside the building. While there, authorities say they witnessed winnings being paid out to patrons in cash.
Officers seized thirty computers, an ATM machine, video surveillance system, and approximately $5,000 in cash from the building.
Both Dailey and Thompson were charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. Thompson was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and two counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. They are currently being held in the Bi-State Jail. Bond has not yet been set.