BEEVILLE, TX (KRIS) -- Employees of five game rooms in Beeville were arrested today during police raids on the businesses. As of this afternoon, at least a dozen people are facing fines related to today's events.
Detectives showed us a wad of cash that came out of one machine seized at a game room. Police and sheriffs deputies hit five of them this morning after six months of undercover work and insider tips.
Several of the game rooms are now out of business, the operators are behind bars. Everything, from the equipment to the cash is now under lock and key.
Those proceeds are being traced up to Houston and could be funding illegal activity. Meanwhile, police say these game rooms are attracting criminal activity in their community.
"Usually game rooms are dark so people are in here wheeling and dealing illegal narcotics and things like that also," Chief of Police Joe Trevino told us.
With such a large flow of cash, these operations attract other crimes, like robberies. Police say they're protecting the gamblers, too.
"There's people that honestly have a problem, gambling can be an illness. You have people who will spend all their money in a place like this and have nothing to show for it and it's going to be their families who will suffer," Detective Greg Baron said.
In Beeville, authorities say there's zero tolerance. "We used to be a military town now we're a prison town we don't want to be a gambling town," Baron commented.
Authorities are still gathering all the numbers from the Monday morning raids. They tell us they cited about 20 people for gambling, which is a misdemeanor and could carry a fine of up to $500 dollars.
Some of the owners and operators of those game rooms are now behind bars, facing felony charges.