Saturday, June 22, 2024

UPDATE: Tarrant County officers dismantle 'illegal gambling operation' at Briar Beer & Tobacco

Cashier arrested, police look for store manager, owner


Tarrant County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested a cashier at Briar Beer & Tobacco  in connection with multiple charges related to gambling. 

On Feb. 8, the Game Room Enforcement Unit detectives executed a search warrant related to gambling allegations at the business in the 14000 block of Farm-to-Market Road 730 North. 

"The unit had intel that this business was allowing customers to use illegal gaming devices to play for money," according to a sheriff's office press release. "The five machines were dismantled, rendering them inoperable. Deputies seized cash, prizes and items that promoted gambling at the business."

It is unknown how much cash and how many prizes or other items were taken by law enforcement officers. 

The press release states that deputies are looking for the store manager and owner, who have outstanding warrants filed against them. 

The cashier is facing charges of gambling promotion, keeping a gambling place, possession of a gambling device, equipment or paraphernalia, and engaging in organized criminal activity, according to the press release.

Tarrant County Sheriff's Office public information officer Robbie Hoy said because the investigation of this case is still ongoing, the names of the cashier, store manager and store owner are not being released at this time. 

This is a developing story. We will provide updates as needed.