Continuing their campaign to eliminate illegal gambling within the Corpus Christi city limits, detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division served simultaneous search warrants Tuesday afternoon at two businesses on the city’s south side. Following a weeks-long investigation into the businesses that uncovered evidence of illegal gambling, detectives secured search warrants for two game rooms located in a strip mall on the 5300 block of Kostoryz Road. During the search, detectives seized gambling equipment, over $55,000 cash, and other evidence of illegal gambling. Two adult patrons contacted inside one of the game rooms were cited for Gambling, a Class C misdemeanor. Although not arrested at the time of the search warrant, the owner and manager face possible charges of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Gambling Promotion, Keeping a Gambling Place, and Possession of a Gambling Device. Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail and a maximum $10,000 fine, while the other three charges are class A misdemeanors.

This investigation continues, and additional arrests are possible. The Corpus Christi Police Department reminds citizens that game rooms which pay out cash rewards are engaging in illegal gambling. Patrons as well as the management of these establishments may face criminal charges.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by officers with the CCPD Operations Division and investigators with the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office, which regulates coin operated machines.

The Corpus Christi Police Department continues to collaborate with our local state and federal partners to investigate and combat illegal gambling. Investigators will continue to enforce all Texas gambling laws, which will help accomplish our mission to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and to improve the quality of life in our community.