Police in Corpus Christi, Texas conducted a raid on an illegal gambling venue that was posing as a video arcade. The raid was the result of a month-long investigation and led to the seizure of multiple gambling devices, over $85,000 in cash, a vehicle and some marijuana. Additionally, three individuals were arrested in connection with the operation.
Brandon Roe, 23, Mallory Villarreal, 30, and Jillian Dunnahoo, 22, were accused of promoting gambling, keeping a gambling place, possessing gambling devices, engaging in organized crime, and laundering money. The charges of money laundering and engaging in organized crime are state felonies and are punishable by up to two years in jail and a maximum fine of $10,000. The remaining charges are Class A misdemeanors.
Five adults in the game room were cited for gambling, which is considered to be a Class C misdemeanor in the state. The Corpus Christi Police Department urged citizens to be vigilant and reminded them that game rooms offering cash rewards are illegal. Patrons of such establishments also risk facing criminal charges.
This recent raid is not the first instance of an illegal gambling operation in the state. In March 2023, 46-year-old Nathan Nichols of Corpus Christi admitted to running an illegal gambling business. Nichols was also involved in the theft of US Army property in a separate case. His businesses, Lady Luck and Theo’s Bar, offered illegal gambling entertainment to patrons from March 2018 to August 2019.
The crackdown on the illegal gambling venue underscores the ongoing efforts by law enforcement to combat illicit gambling activities. The seizure of significant amounts of cash and the arrest of individuals involved in the operation demonstrate the seriousness with which illegal gambling is being addressed in Corpus Christi.