Agents bust Wood county gambling operations - Tucson News Now

BREAKING NEWS

Agents bust Wood county gambling operations

WOOD COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Wood County authorities said a perfectly-timed sting operation took down three illegal gambling sites at the same time.

Late Thursday night, undercover agents and deputies raided gambling operations on Highway 154, Highway 17 and FM 515 . The simple-looking buildings on the outside concealed gambling operations that Wood County Sheriff's deputies had been investigating for a year.

"We'd been working on this for several months. We had people go in and they were paying out in cash money; it is illegal gambling," said Wood county sheriff Bill Wansley.

At exactly 9:55, just before closing time last night, three teams went into action at all three locations.

"We had three teams last night; there was at least four to each team, and we planned this so we could hit them right before closing time," Wansley said.

For the teams, there were some risky moments.

"The business over on 154, the lady had a gun; you run into all kind of things. You have to be careful," he said.

At one location, suspects locked the doors and forced the team to smash their way in.

The location off of Highway 17 had to be seen to be believed. It personified what the teams were looking for: a Las Vegas-style set-up where lots of money was changing hands. 112 eight-liners were seized, along with all property, including security cameras, electronics and large amounts of cash.

"They set up shop and make a fast buck," added Wansley.

Wansley had one more message for those who were raided.

"I told these folks last night, you set back up and we'll be back," he said.

Everything from each location was confiscated for evidence. Wansley said no one was injured during the raids and that more arrests are expected.

Copyright 2012 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Mexican shoppers boost Tucson economy as holiday season begins

    Mexican shoppers boost Tucson economy as holiday season begins

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:57 AM EST2017-11-21 15:57:45 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    A good sign that holiday shopping has begun is the sight of more Mexican license plates at local shopping centers across the Tucson metro. Shoppers are crossing the border and gearing up for the upcoming holiday season. According to VisitTucson about 100,000 people from Mexico in the month of December. The families choose the Old Pueblo for a variety of reason, like better selection and cheap prices on items like electronics. As they fill up th...

    A good sign that holiday shopping has begun is the sight of more Mexican license plates at local shopping centers across the Tucson metro. Shoppers are crossing the border and gearing up for the upcoming holiday season. According to VisitTucson about 100,000 people from Mexico in the month of December. The

  • Salvation Army needs hundreds of turkeys for Thanksgiving meal

    Salvation Army needs hundreds of turkeys for Thanksgiving meal

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:00 AM EST2017-11-21 15:00:23 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The Salvation Army is hosting their annual Thanksgiving dinner, but they may be missing a staple. They are in desperate need of turkeys.  Right now, they only have 40 turkeys to feed 2,000 people.  That isn’t enough because last year they served 1,600 people with 300 turkeys. And on Thursday more people are expecting to attend the meal. Turkeys can be dropped off at the Salvation Army Hospitality House located at  1002 N. Main Ave...

    The Salvation Army is hosting their annual Thanksgiving dinner, but they may be missing a staple. They are in desperate need of turkeys. Right now, they only have 40 turkeys to feed 2,000 people. That isn’t enough because last year they served 1,600 people with 300

  • AAA Arizona offers Tipsy Tow for Thanksgiving

    AAA Arizona offers Tipsy Tow for Thanksgiving

    Tuesday, December 23 2014 1:25 PM EST2014-12-23 18:25:08 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 12:09 AM EST2017-11-21 05:09:07 GMT
    (Source: AAA Arizona)(Source: AAA Arizona)

    AAA Arizona is offering its "Tipsy Tow" services for Thanksgiving. Here's how it works. 

    AAA Arizona is offering its "Tipsy Tow" services for Thanksgiving. Here's how it works. 

Powered by Frankly