Two men arrested after NVID raids illegal gambling operation
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A search warrant was executed by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division on Tuesday, July 12 at an illegal gambling hall, resulting in the arrest of two men.
Investigators say David Rivers, 44, and Ray Firova, 39, have been charged with maintaining a gambling venue, possessing a gambling device and promoting gambling. These offenses are class misdemeanors A, each liable to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $4,000.
Officers from the Uniform Division, the Texas State Comptroller’s Office, and other federal agencies assisted the Narcotics and Vice Investigation Division in executing the search warrant at the game room located at 5202 Weber Road.
Investigators conducted an undercover operation and discovered that the establishment was using gaming machines to place bets and that the use of the machines was in cash.
“State law provides that an individual may not earn wholesale value available from a single play of the Game or Device that does not exceed 10 times the amount charged to play the Game or Device. device once or $5, whichever is lower,” officials said.
The Corpus Christi Police Department works with local, state and federal partners to deter illegal gambling.
Investigators said they will continue to enforce all Texas gambling laws in order to accomplish their mission of hindering crime.