Updated on 10/18/2013 9:08AM

Nine arrested in Texas for illegal horse racing, gambling


A group of nine people, including six police officers, were arrested Saturday outside Houston and charged with participating in an illegal horse racing and gambling enterprise. The arrests came after an 11-month investigation that included multiple undercover surveillance operations, according to a press release issued by the Harris County District Attorney’s office in Houston.

The arrests were made at Rancho El Herradero in the small town of Crosby, which is located about 20 minutes northeast of Houston. The individuals were cited for “racing without a license” in charges that allege an illegal operation at the facility, where police officers provided security while gambling was taking place. Racing without a license is a third-degree felony and carries penalties of as much as 10 years in prison and $10,000 fine, according to Camille Hepola, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

Hepola said an initial court date for each of the defendants was held Monday. Their charges were read and a $5,000 bail was set for each. All nine were released on bond, and their next hearing is set for Nov. 21.

Court documents indicate the illegal races were held on the approximate dates of March 2, March 30, April 27, June 23, Aug. 31, and Oct. 5. It is unclear whether the races were for Quarter Horses or Thoroughbreds. The investigation is still ongoing, according to Hepola.

The police officers arrested were Secar Guadelupe Rangel, Joel Garcia, Richard Rene Rivera, David Green, Edward Scott, and Carlos Garza. Others arrested were Consuelo Rivera, Reginaldo Mandujano, and Diana Marie Salinas.

“Peace officers take an oath to uphold the law [and] to discover them actually working in their official capacity to provide security for organized criminal enterprises is extremely alarming and disappointing,” Terese Buess, chief of the public integrity division for district attorney’s office in Harris County, said in the release.

The investigation that led to the arrests was spearheaded by the district attorney’s office, as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers.

jorge rincon More than 1 year ago
Whats the big surprise,? These tracks have been around for many years from Brownsville to Amarillo tx is full of them. When one shuts down 3 more open up .There's gambling, drugs and probably every other illegal thing u can think of . Lots of money involved and its a big business . The same people at the legal ones are the people at these tracks that includes trainers owners jockey and horses .So i hate to break it to ya pal , but they aint going away!!!!
Kandie Rosales More than 1 year ago
There's always a way to stop someone causing harm, But we have to leave that to our Father in Heaven. His day will be here soon. When His day is here He says," vengeance is mine".The Bible said man will be lovers of money. They would lose all natural affection for life. Natural affection towards family, for neighbors and animals .Satan moves them to hate so he's the one we should blame. We can't fight Satan alone. The world is just as the Bible said it would be towards the end. "Vengeance is mine," God says.
Steven Jekel More than 1 year ago
The same horses that were running for $3500 at lone star and sam houston
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
jaime More than 1 year ago
Texas is so lame.
gus stewart More than 1 year ago
Yes the hiring of peace officers reminds me of the hiring of our politicians. No worries they are never given major background checks, break laws that the police commission overseas and if they are found guilty the tax payers pay the lawsuits, and just like our politicians play the game and use their power because they are rarely held accountable by our courts. More power to them, we should all get that opportunity to be part of these groups its the new America!!!!!
Leo Bartolotta More than 1 year ago
were the race's in the NEW DRF NEW MICRO MINI FORM that i can't see to read!!!!
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Hey, Rob - let's put you in some " match" races, especially if you could be doped up so much you couldn't feel it if you snapped a cannon bone or two! Yeah, who needs all that stupid regulation, anyway?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah, let them run at a "regulated" track like Mountaineer Park, and if they don't make any money racing, they can be sold to the horse meat wagon (that comes around every week) for $300 where they are tied up by their legs and cut open to bleed out. Regulation? Don't make me laugh. All "regulation" means is that they've paid off all the right people to have a monopoly, and have a license to fleece suckers with 20% holds. God forbid free people want to race THEIIR horses on THEIR land,gamble with THEIR money with FIXED, AGREED upon odds (rake free) on THEIR land. Just another example of citizens constitutional rights getting trampled by overzealous government goons protecting the real criminals. Speaking of doped up horses, spend a week in the stables at Evangeline Downs sometime.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Do the slaughterhouses really cut them so they bleed to death? That sounds absolutely horrendous!!
Ann More than 1 year ago
A trained and experienced butcher can slice the throat, jugular, carotid, and all, with such skill that the animal is dead before it hits the ground. However, American factory-style slaughterhouses rarely hire such experienced specialists for the job, I would hazard.
Arnold Maurer More than 1 year ago
BOOK EM DANO! No Wait. You've been arrested too.
Jack More than 1 year ago
Hang'em all...
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
No takeout and beers cheap
Rob More than 1 year ago
Big Big Deal, match races have been happening for years.