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Narcotics division stops gambling establishment in Leggett

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Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division obtained warrants for the arrest of Sujit Baba Chalamalasetty, 29, of Beaumont, Monday.

Chalamalasetty was charged with multiple offenses of operating an illegal game room on Aug. 30. Through a lengthy investigation, Chalamalasetty, was identified as owner and manager of the establishment and found to be funding the illegal game room in Leggett. Warrants were obtained on Chalamalasetty for possession of a gambling device, equipment or paraphernalia; gambling promotion; and keeping a gambling place.

On Wednesday, Chalamalasetty turned himself in to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on his outstanding warrants and he is currently incarcerated in the Polk County Jail.

Polk County Sheriff Byron Lyons would like to remind the public that when these gambling locations open, crime always increases in the area of the establishment. The crimes commonly include armed robbery, illegal narcotics transactions, theft, stolen vehicles, burglaries, assaults, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, just to name a few.

Operating a gambling establishment outside of the reservation of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and the Ysleta de Sur Pueblo Tribe near El Paso, in the State of Texas, is considered illegal. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office remains vigilant in investigating establishments of this nature, along with the criminal activity attached to the establishments, in an effort to improve the overall quality of life in these areas. 

Per the Texas Attorney General’s Office, operating this type of establishment is a criminal offense, unless all payouts for winnings are in the form of non-cash merchandise prizes, toys or novelties. If found operating these types of establishments, any type of gambling paraphernalia, equipment, and proceeds will be seized.

At this time, no charges have been brought against any patrons of this gambling establishment. However, the sheriff would like the public to know that participating in gambling at one of these establishments is a crime as well and charges can be filed.

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