SAN ANTONIO — Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar provided details on two illegal gambling operations busts.
The news conference took place around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 6400 block of Montgomery Drive.
Sheriff Salazar said BCSO received a tip about an illegal gambling operation.
Sheriff Salazar said undercover investigators began their investigation, and eventually got enough information to obtain a warrant. In their investigation, they found two locations that were operating illegally, so two different SWAT teams were able to make entry into each building.
The locations were on Montgomery Drive and Lakeview Drive, each on the city's northeast side.
There were 40 machines found at the Montgomery location and 25 machines were found at the Lakeview location. Sheriff Salazar said they will force entry into each machine if needed. The Fire Marshal will also come and begin looking for code violations.
BCSO said uniformed security was working at each location, and are among the seven total people arrested. Those guards are licensed and worked with a security company and will "probably be going to jail tonight," said Sheriff Salazar.
He said both were forced entries into the building, but "went smoothly." Four people were detained on Montgomery. Three people were detained on Lakeview.
Each face Class A misdemeanors and cash was reportedly involved. BCSO said they will know the exact amount by Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
When asked the harm these operations cause for the community, Sheriff Salazar said these people target the elderly and those on fixed incomes.
Sheriff Salazar said there were customers inside at the time of entry, and those customers were given citations.
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