ODESSA - Seven more people have been arrested in connection to illegal gambling in Odessa. That brings the number of arrests to 21.
12 search warrants were served simultaneously Wednesday afternoon at game rooms across the City of Odessa. The searches were to find if gambling had taken place at any of the sites. Police had received several complaints from citizens about illegal gambling activity.
Corporal Steve LeSueur of Odessa Police was at Cassidy's, off Andrew's Highway, to collect information on the search and relay it to the media.
"All the search warrants were executed, all at the same time at approximately 1100 hours this (Wednesday) morning. The reason for that was obvious so that we could hit all of them at the same time. We didn't want to interfere with the investigation of the rest of them," LeSueur said.
Odessa Police worked with FBI and DEA. Authorities confiscated 800 motherboards from 8-line machines, which simulate gambling.
"They were possibly getting money from the slot machines. It definitely was confirmed that illegal activity was going on. As far as getting the money from them, that's unknown to me," LeSueur said.
70 arrest warrants were obtained and 49 of them were served as of Thursday. These were given to employees and owners of the 12 game rooms. Six more people have yet to be arrested.
These are the game rooms police searched on Wednesday:
Big Deal Game Room; 4300 Andrews Hwy
Big K Game Room; 3306 Andrews Hwy
Cassidy's Slots of Fun; 2322 Andrews Hwy
Fun Game Room; 2000 N. County Rd W.
KK Game Room; 3134 Andrews Hwy
Las Maquinitas; 301 W. Clements
Lucky Game Room; 2615 N. Grandview
Monte Carlo Game Room; 820 N. County Rd W.
Spinners Game Room; 1401 E. 7th St