Illegal gambling ring suspects speak out

By: Todd Larkin Email
By: Todd Larkin Email

LOVE COUNTY, Okla. -- More than 100 suspects in an illegal gambling ring stood before a Love County judge on Tuesday. Now, some of those suspects are speaking out about their arrests and why they feel they were falsely imprisoned.

More than 30 men and women plead their cases, most of them with the same story: that they were just there to watch the races, and they want to know why they were arrested.

Nearly 200 law enforcement agents took part in Sunday’s raid, making around 100 arrests. Many of those arrested say they spent the night in jail for doing nothing wrong.

"They put us in jail for two days for nothing wasting my time and money. They have murderers and everything in there we were just watching. We didn’t know what we were charged for until an hour before court," said “Jake,” who says he just watched the races.

Authorities say the suspects were gambling on unsanctioned horse races, which is against the law in the state of Oklahoma. That is exactly what law enforcement agents say these suspects were doing at the Red River Racetrack.

Officials with the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office say the entire event was illegal in some way.

"There are proper events and proper ways to train horses. Participating in an illegal event violates the state laws is not one of those choices," said an official from that office.

The Attorney General’s Office is also investigating other illegal horse racing rings and hopes that this will be a wake up call for all participants.

"Hopefully, others who are operating illegal tracks will learn from Sunday’s experience in that it is against the law such an operation shouldn’t be run without the proper license and safe guards that should be in place"

More arraignments are scheduled for Friday, and representatives from the state attorney general’s office are expected to be on hand to explain the exact charges to the judge.


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  • by jen Location: ardmore on Sep 2, 2007 at 08:36 PM
    posted by that girl. you seem to be on alot of sites to post commits. you might think the same about me but i was just gonna check and my point is proven. Quit being so noisy and watch your own life cause i'm sure its not perfect. Get on the web and find you a man to keep you busy. Thank you.
  • by Pam Location: Love County on Aug 7, 2007 at 03:48 PM
    No Excuse. Why couldent the local police just shut it down in a civil manner. Did they really need almost 200 officers and hours of man power. Huge tax dollars wasted. Not including the court system expence. I think we need some new elected officials in office.Think about this; It took 200 law enforcement officials to do this and only 6 people were charged with a crime?What were they thinking.I say call ever who is responcible and raise cain.
  • by tracy Location: sherman on Aug 2, 2007 at 11:52 AM
    TOO ME you need to shut up about texans and illegals coming to OKLAHOMA hELL YOU OKIES COME HERE AND SHOP AT WALMART SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY TAXES ON FOOD SO SHUT UP AND FOR THE MAN WHO IS WHINNING ABOUT WINSTAR HONEY YOUR A SORE LOSER AND FUTHER MORE TEXANS IS WHAT IS MAKING CHOCTAW WEALTHY
  • by Texan Location: Accross the River on Aug 2, 2007 at 06:45 AM
    To ME in Oklahoma:In response to: "Teach those Texans and illegals to come here to break the law" Do you really think that Okies don't come over here and commit crimes? A good percentage of our crime is committed by people that do not live here and in fact many come from YOUR state. At least in Grayson County our jail inmates are not all ESCAPING.
  • by no name#2 Location: no location on Aug 1, 2007 at 06:52 PM
    I think they should let them go with a small fine just to scare them but alot of other more important crimes are commitedi think all they wnt is money!!! FREE JESSE ROMERO!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by No Name Location: Ardmore on Aug 1, 2007 at 02:42 PM
    Seems a country boy can't even watch a horse race now a days. If they want to stop illegal gambling, why don't they start with winstar casino. Those thevies don't even payback 10% of what they get. Where is the regulation here. I don't bet the ponys, just the legal ripoff the state has allowed. over $10,000. lost at casino in two months, with not even a $200. pay out one time!
  • by Me Location: Oklahoma on Aug 1, 2007 at 01:50 PM
    I think they should all get fines of $1000 a piece. Use the money for law enforement needs to do this again. Teach those Texans and illegals to come here to break the law.
  • by That Girl Location: Bryan County on Aug 1, 2007 at 11:08 AM
    I agree with No Name. Illegal gambling is a crime as well as murder. They knew where the gambling was not where there was going to be a murder. Get real
  • by NO NAME Location: NO LOCATION on Aug 1, 2007 at 08:49 AM
    MORONS................HENCE THE WORD ILLEGAL. YES THERE ARE OTHER PLACES THAT THE OFFICERS COULD HAVE BEEN BUT IF THERE IS ILLEGAL GAMBLING GOING ON THERE WHAT OTHER ILLEGAL THINGS ARE HAPPENEING??? I THINK THAT WAS GREAT EVERYTHING THAT WENT DOWN.
  • by JC Location: Byars on Aug 1, 2007 at 08:12 AM
    On the weekend of the raid there were 7 murders in OKC area alone. It seems that this much man power could be used for a greater good than harrassing people watching a horse race. What good will it do? Brush track racing has been going on for over 170 years in this area. I bet the public will not hear about the cases that were dismissed or thrown out. Just another example of wasting the tax payers money, and law enforcement getting to put on their swat uniforms and practice. Don't get me wrong I fully support our law agencies, but our home has been broken in 3 times, and also have had farm machinery stolen (trailers, welders, etc) along with cattle over the past 40 years, but have never had anyone caught or charged. Is this where our tax $$ are going ? Think about it !
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