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Bingo Hall Raid Finds Mobsters Instead of Gray-Haired Ladies

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Part of arsenal found at bingo hall. (Harris County District Attorney Office)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016 09:51 AM

A bingo hall raid in Texas turned up more than 100 guns, along with body armor and ammunition, but the 12 people arrested weren't armed little old ladies watching their bingo cards. They were organized crime suspects.

Robert Jones and Fred Kennedy, owners of the Paradise Day & Night Bingo Hall in South Houston near William P. Hobby Airport, were arrested with 10 others after an undercover operation that lasted a year, said KHOU-TV.

Authorities said they were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.

Harris County district attorney Devon Anderson said the guns were found in a safe and a bunker in which military provisions and cash were also found, said the Houston Chronicle.

KHOU-TV said $87,000 in cash was confiscated.

"There was a bunker here; it may be something more Doomsdayish," Anderson told the Chronicle, adding that the investigation was not complete. "Every weapon will be looked at, every serial number run to see if they were stolen or used in any other crimes."

Prosecutors said the suspects were part of a ring that made its money off illegal gambling machines kept in the bingo hall and they filled its automatic teller machines with the illegal money.

Authorities said they believe the suspects made millions from the business.

Harris County Sheriff's Office Lt. Ruben Diaz told KHOU-TV the amount of weapons found at the bingo hall surprised him.

"It was enough to start a small war in this area if they wanted to," Diaz said. "They were pretty scary to have in this building."

The Harris County district attorney's office said on its Facebook page that the "game rooms" at the bingo hall were a magnet for other criminal activities, including murders and robberies.

"In the last three years we have had a handful of capital murders committed at these game rooms," said the post. "We have had dozens if not more robberies. Armed men robbing patrons and the businesses. The suspects believe that the businesses won't report their losses and in some cases that is true."

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A bingo hall raid in Texas turned up more than 100 guns, along with body armor and ammunition, but the 12 people arrested weren't armed little old ladies watching their bingo cards. They were organized crime suspects.
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