March 20, 2017
Investigators arrest 15 in illegal gambling operation raid Thursday, according to a news release.
Investigators executed a search warrant at approximately 3:00 p.m. Thursday at 809 South 23rd St., a building known for illegal gambling.
During the raid, investigators arrested 15 people and seized 123 gambling machines and approximately $38,000.
The suspects range in age from 19 to 67.
All 15 suspects were charged Friday with keeping a gambling place, promotion of gambling place, possession of gambling device/equipment/paraphernalia and engage in organized criminal activity.
Daniel Montano Jr., Linda Martinez and Christopher Ross Villalon received an additional charge for evading arrest/detention.
Juan Jose Garza received an additional charge for possession of a controlled substance.
Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information on known gambling arcades in Hidalgo County to call Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers at 668-8477.