AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the seizure of 49 illegal eight liner slot machines and over $6,000 in illegal wagers and prizes in Henderson County. After an investigation, the illegal slot machines, money and prizes were seized at Pam's Place and Country Side Grocery in Payne Springs and Trains in Seven Points.
"The operation of eight liner slot machines violates the law. My office will work closely with local law enforcement to vigorously investigate and prosecute those who violate the law," said Attorney General Cornyn.
Search warrants were served for the seizure of the illegal gambling devices and illegal wagers and prizes yesterday morning. Arrest warrants were also served for the owner of Pam's Place, Pamela Matheson, the owner of Trains, Gwin Long, the owner of the illegal slot machines at Trains, Ray Roberts, and the owner of Country Side Grocery, Patricia Burrows.
The owners were arrested for charges ranging from gambling promotion, keeping a gambling place and possession of gambling devices and gambling paraphernalia. These are Class A misdemeanors which carry penalties of up to one year in county jail and/or a fine up to $4,000.
Fifteen slot machines and $880 in illegal wagers and prizes were seized at Pam's Place. Fourteen slot machines and $3,215.25 in illegal wagers were seized at Country Side Grocery, and authorities are still counting the amount of illegal prizes which were seized. Twenty slot machines and $1,957.19 in illegal wagers were seized at Trains.
The Attorney General's office was assisted by the Henderson County Sheriff's office, Henderson County Attorney's office, City of Seven Points Police Department, and Texas Rangers.
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