“We get a complaint, we will follow up on it,” said Police Chief Joe Treviño Monday afternoon.
In an office near the chief’s, investigators were going through a box and envelopes stuffed with cash. Treviño estimated that the take would be more than $6,000.
According to Treviño, investigators had received complaints about a 77-year-old woman in the 400 block of West Springer Street running a football pool gambling operation.
Patrolman Jonell Cisneros spotted the woman driving through the city Monday and stopped the vehicle. She and a female passenger acted nervously when Cisneros asked if he could search the vehicle.
It was then that he found the envelopes and box with the cash and the squared-off sheets of paper which the driver was using to keep track of the bets her customers were placing on football games.
One investigator said the suspect was released after officers collected the cash and other evidence.
The case will be turned over to District Attorney Martha Warner, who will make the final determination regarding what charges will be filed. The investigator said Warner may consult with the Texas Attorney General’s Office before filing charges.
Treviño said that was the second time in one day that police had confiscated money allegedly bet on a football pool.
Earlier Monday, officers took about $1,000 and the betting sheets from a man in the city.
Gambling in football pools is a crime in Texas, the chief said.
It is not as if police took the woman by surprise or she thought operating a football gambling pool was legal.
“I called her twice,” Treviño said after he had received complaints of traffic coming and going from the suspect’s house. “I warned her that what she was doing was illegal and that she’d better stop it.”
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.