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Man turns himself in to police in connection to suspected illegal gambling business

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Posted at 1:31 PM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 16:53:14-04

A man has turned himself in to police for keeping a gambling place charge. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Waco police served a warrant to a business suspected of illegal gambling.

The business, Mini-Mart, is in the 5300 block of Sanger Avenue.

Police said they found narcotic paraphernalia, such as crack pipes and 16 illegal gambling devices, including slot machines. Police said the business was paying winning customers money while keeping some of the funds, which is illegal in Texas. 

Waco police said that Javid Iqbal, 59, turned himself in to police on Oct. 3. 

Police said that Iqbal paid cash to a gambler at that location. 

“We discovered they were paying large sums of money. The problem with these places is that this money doesn’t stay here locally. It is not something going back to customers in return. We know often times, that money supports illegal weapon sale, illegal narcotics sales and we also believe that some of these locations potentially even have ties to terrorism overseas," Sgt. Patrick Swanton said.

He added that the illegal activity brings other types of crime.

"We find that all of these illegal operations bring trouble to our community because we know we've worked robberies at these establishments. We've worked drug sales at these type of establishments. That's why our goal is to stop illegally operated gambling locations throughout our city," Swanton said. 

Police said part of the investigation will determine if employees had any knowledge of the situation. 

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