Although incarceration was not the purpose of the raid, Mercer said three arrests were made in the sting. Two were made at the Wildkat – for offenses yet unknown – and another at Tri 7 Sweeps – across the street from the Mineral Wells Police Station – for possession of methamphetamine between 1 and 4 grams. Mercer said drug paraphernalia was also found at one of the locations and he has reason to believe drug dealing might have often occurred at some of the venues as well.
“That’s what these things harbor, is people that deal in and mess with drugs,” Mercer said. “Also it’s a problem for our elderly people. They’ll go in and spend all their money on [gambling]. We’ve had a number of people call and complain because their mother or dad was spending all their Social Security money on this stuff.”
Mercer said the raid was an overall success without serious incident.
He added now all that is left to do is the paperwork, getting everyone interviewed and gathering up all the physical equipment.
As a parting thought to anyone considering involvement with illegal gambling, Mercer offered this stern warning:
“Quite frankly it’s just not what we want in the community and I don’t know how many times we’re going to have to do this before they understand that,” he said. “But I can assure you, if they continue to do it, we’re going to continue to bust them for it.”
The Index will provide updates on the raid as more information comes in.
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