Texas pool hall closed, 14 arrested in drug, trafficking probe

Published: Sep. 20, 2018 at 12:22 PM CDT
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Local state and federal authorities closed down a Houston pool hall and arrested 14 people in a narcotics and human-trafficking investigation.

The action came after a months-long investigation by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Harris County Fire Marshals and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Authorities served a search warrant on Sept. 15 after uncovering evidence of narcotics sales at the El Condor Pool Hall on Veterans Memorial Drive.

The TABC cancelled the pool hall’s alcohol permit after authorities seized several grams of narcotics including cocaine and heroin as well as about $6,700 I ncash.

The investigators interviewed 19 women as part of an ongoing human-trafficking investigation, the TABC said Thursday.

“This operation is the culmination of months of work between multiple law enforcement agencies including TABC,” said Robert Saenz, the agency’s deputy executive director for law enforcement.

“As long as there are bad actors using a legitimate business as a front for illegal activity, TABC and our partner agencies will be there to stop them. The evidence we collected indicates that a significant risk to public safety came to an end when this bar closed its doors.”

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