Grand jurors indict eight-liner operators
by Gary Kent
May 14, 2012 | 1833 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — Three suspects arrested last summer in connection with raids on area gambling joints were indicted last week by the Bee County Grand Jury.

Although the three originally were charged with Class A misdemeanors, grand jurors returned indictments on state jail and third degree felony charges.

Those indicted included Hyun Sook Lee, who was 46 when arrested last year, Dong Sung Sea, who was 48, and Stephanie Longoria, who was 25 at the time of the raids.

Lee and Sea were both indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity, state jail felonies, and money laundering, third degree felonies.

Longoria was indicted on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.

If convicted of the third degree felony charges, Lee and Sea could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000. If convicted of the state jail felony charges, all three suspects could face two years in a state jail facility and a fine of $10,000.

The engaging in organized criminal activity charge alleged that Lee, Sea and Longoria established and participated in a “combination” and shared the profits of that combination. The three allegedly committed the offense by possession a gambling device, by possessing gambling paraphernalia, by keeping a gambling place and by promoting gambling.

According to the indictment, the three shared funds that amounted to something between $20,000 and $100,000.

The activity allegedly took place between Dec. 13, 2010, and July 24, 2011, when the Beeville Police Department raided the Triple 7 game room at 805 S. Washington St.

Police confiscated 72 “slot machines” at the time, several thousand dollars in cash, a Chevrolet Avalanche and a covered trailer.

At the time of the raid, BPD Chief Joe Treviño said the operation consisted of a husband, wife and employee.

In addition to the raid on the Beeville game room, police in Kenedy raided a Triple 7 game room on U.S. Highway 181. Police Chief Duane DuBose said officers in that city were confiscating vehicles, more than 200 gambling machines, property, cash and even bank accounts associated with the operation.

District Judge Joel Johnson set bonds of $20,000 each on the charges filed against Lee and Sea for a total of $40,000 on each suspect.

Longoria’s bond was $20,000.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at
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