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Refugio game rooms busted
by Tim Delaney
Apr 25, 2013 | 2232 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Workers help law enforcement load a game room machine on a trailer Thursday afternoon about 1:15 p.m. after the 5 Start Game Room was busted at E.Purisma and South Alamo streets. More information will be posted as it is received.
Workers help law enforcement load a game room machine on a trailer Thursday afternoon about 1:15 p.m. after the 5 Start Game Room was busted at E.Purisma and South Alamo streets. More information will be posted as it is received.
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REFUGIO – Three men were arrested and more than 70 game room machines were confiscated in an undercover sting Thursday, April 25.

Arrested were Long Ngo, 58, and Marty Hwang, 45, of CJ’s Amusement, at 103 E. Jeter, and Chhin Lee Pleng, 53, at the 5 Star Game Room at East Purisma and South Alamo streets.

The men face misdemeanor charges of keeping a gambling place, possession of gambling device equipment or paraphernalia and gambling promotion.

All three were taken to the Refugio County Jail.

“The case will be filed with the prosecutor,” said Refugio Police Chief Andy Lopez Jr.

County Attorney Todd Steele is the county’s prosecutor.

“At some point, they will file the complaints,” Steele said.

“That’s when we would get involved,” Steele added.

Lopez said in addition to the game room machines, U.S. currency was seized associated with the charges.

“We started the briefing at noon, coordinating a plan on how to approach the particular establishments,” Lopez said.

“The planning stage really started at the beginning of the week.

The undercover operation took over numerous weeks to accomplish, Lopez said.

“The machines are stored as evidence,” Lopez said.

“We had numerous complaints about illegal activity with the game rooms. It’s not within my fabric to turn a blind eye to criminal activity,” Lopez said.

Lopez credited his officers for a “fantastic job, collaborative effort and team effort.”

He also praised city employees who helped confiscate game room machines and transport the devices to storage.

“We’ve been waiting to address this since the beginning of the year,” Lopez said.
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