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Elite "J-CAT" task force fights crime in 2 CTX cities

Mexia, Groesbeck benefit from joint operations
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Posted at 5:58 AM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 06:58:46-04

MEXIA, TX — A special task force of Mexia and Groesbeck police took more than 50 illegal gambling machines off the streets of Central Texas this past weekend and made two arrests.

The new joint venture between the two cities has paid big dividends since it began several months ago.

Friday night, the elite J-CAT task force prepared for another operation.

This time the joint operation between Mexia and Groesbeck Police Departments targeted two illegal gambling operations at once.

Officers moved out, and moved in fast, dropping like a hammer on this illegal gambling operation.

”Our investigation did reveal one of these locations did have a firearm on the premises and we always treat search warrants as a dangerous situation,” explained Mexia Police Chief Brian Bell.

Officers made two arrests and interviewed dozens of gamblers to look for those with outstanding warrants.

Since the beginning of this year, the J-CAT task force has served search warrants on three different illegal gambling operations.

And J-CAT has more on its agenda. Its leaders say illegal gambling is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

”We're gonna continue to focus on narcotics in our communities we've been very successful with that obviously illegal gambling operations have been obviously successful,” said Groesbeck Police Chief Chris Henson.

A success they hope makes Mexia and Groesbeck safer for those who aren't involved in anything illegal.

Chief Henson said J-CAT will also focus on narcotics investigations as it continues to root out more illegal gambling operations in Central Texas.