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Brownsville police raid several 8 liner establishments

OFFENSES:  Gambling Promotion, Possession of Gambling Device,

                       Equipment/Paraphernalia, & Keeping a Gambling Place. 

ARRESTED: Carlos Alberto Santana, age 19

                        Cristian Adrian Aguilar, age 18

                        Martin Villanueva, age 46

                        Jorge Fernando Lopez, 25

                        Samuel Maldonado, age 25

                        Edgar Vega, age 24 (Gambling charges and deported felon found with handgun – Hold placed by HSI-ICE special agents) 

On Thursday, February 09, 2012, members of the Special Investigations Unit conducted three (3) independent gambling investigations at the following locations:

Arcade @ 3254 Boca Chica Blvd, 54 devices (8-liners) seized, $ 6,715.00 in US currency seized, 2 arrests (Carlos Santana & Cristian Aguilar) Arcade @ 3025-B Boca Chica Blvd, 63 devices (8-liners) seized, $ 4,906.00 in US currency & Mexican 500 pesos seized, 2 arrests (Martin Villanueva & Jorge Lopez) Arcade @ 1050 Mackintosh, 37 devices (8-liners) seized, $908.00 in US currency seized,  2 arrests (Samuel Maldonado & Edgar Vega) 

Note: All patrons caught inside the establishments were issued a citation for Gambling 

Carlos Alberto Santana                   

Cristian Adrian Aguilar                     

Martin Villanueva

Jorge Lopez                                   

Samuel Maldonado                             

Edgar Vega 

*CONTINUATION ON THE FOLLOWING DAY 

OFFENSES:  Gambling Promotion, Possession of Gambling Device,

                       Equipment/Paraphernalia, & Keeping a Gambling Place 

ARRESTED: Leticia Lozano De La Garza, age 53 

On Friday, February 10, 2012, members of the Special Investigations Unit conducted two (2) independent gambling investigations at the following locations: 

Arcade @ 1393 E. Alton Gloor Blvd, 32 devices (8-liners) seized, $875.00 in US currency seized, 1 arrest (Leticia Lozano De La Garza) Arcade @ 4854 Boca Chica Blvd, 34 devices (8-liners) seized (building unoccupied – no arrests, pending further investigation) 

Leticia Lozano De La Garza, age 53 

NOTE:  Some of the above-referenced gambling charges might get upgraded to “ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY”, which is a State Jail Felony.  Investigations have revealed that some of the business owners are hiring undocumented workers to run their illicit gambling establishments – those particular cases will be forwarded to the Federal law enforcement agencies for review and possible prosecution.

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