KSLA News 12 – Police, tipped off by residents, raid alleged gaming operation

News | May 31st, 2017

May 31, 2017

By Curtis Heyen


Three people face charges after authorities raided an alleged illegal gambling house in Texarkana, Texas.

Police said it happened Wednesday afternoon in the 2400 block of Texas Boulevard.

A search turned up several eight-liner machines reportedly being used for illegal purposes, authorities said.

Detectives reportedly seized the machines’ motherboards and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Arrested was 44-year-old Jeffrey Todd Spraggins, of Wake Village, Texas, whom detectives think owns the business. He is charged with one count each of keeping a gambling place, possession of a gambling device and promoting gambling.

The man authorities say managed the place – 69-year-old Paul Dean Holmes, of Foreman, Ark. – faces one count each of possession of a gambling device and promoting gambling.

And 42-year-old Melissa Ellajewell Nash, of Texarkana, Texas, was arrested on a gambling charge.

All three are being held in Bi-State Jail.

Residents’ complaints alerted authorities to the business last week.

Undercover officers then paid to play games of chance on eight-liner machines and reportedly saw Spraggins paying patrons in cash when they won.

Detectives think the business had been in operation for about a month.

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