More suspects arraigned in illegal horse racing ring

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

LOVE COUNTY, Okla. -- More suspects were arraigned on Wednesday in Thackerville's illegal horse racing ring.

Twenty-five defendants stood in front of a judge facing several charges including conspiracy, commercial gambling, managing unlawful proceeds, and for some, even racketeering charges.

Several suspects are set to be arraigned Thursday. Many could face the same charges.

Preliminary hearings will start in October.

Nearly 100 people were arrested in the bust last month on charges of illegal gambling, betting and racketeering.

If convicted, some of the suspects could face up to 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission, and Oklahoma Highway Patrol all came together for what was called "Operation Red River Reunion."

The operation involved 162 law enforcement officers, two helicopters, and an airplane.

Officials say the horse racing took place at a track in Thackerville off Highway 77. They say the racing had gone on there for nearly a year, and the OSBI had been investigating for eight months before they executed the operation.

Authorities say people who were arrested could face up to 10 years in jail, and a possible $10,000 fine.

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  • by nicole Location: texas on Sep 19, 2007 at 08:22 AM
    i think they should just let the hispanics do what they want to do cuz its fun!!!!!!!!
  • by John Location: Oklahoma on Aug 9, 2007 at 09:06 AM
    Only in Oklahoma us 167 officer to catch less than a hundred illegal gamblers. This is the reasons Oklahoma is one of the poorest states in the nation.
  • by confused Location: sherman on Aug 9, 2007 at 07:50 AM
    I am so confused! Why are there so many law enforcement officers available to raid a small race track? If they would use them to make that big of a showing towards the drugs and gang violence, it would have a tremendous impact. I guarantee you if 167 law officers showed up in Ardmore, they would make a difference. The racing people are going to get bigger fines and longer jail time than crimes against humanity. Gambling is legal up the road. Illegal drugs and violence are not legal. I'm so confused!
  • by Judy Location: Ardmore on Aug 8, 2007 at 06:16 PM
    Can you tell us if any of these people are in this country illegally? Or maybe they were all American citizens.
  • by Snuffy Location: Ardmore on Aug 8, 2007 at 05:42 PM
    I agree with Franklin. OKC political BS needs to stay in OKC. These people are treated like savages for something that 95% of all Americans do including the police.
  • by Franklin Location: Marietta on Aug 8, 2007 at 03:59 PM
    I think the horse racing director needs to stay in OKC and leave Love County alone. He didn't let our officials know he was coming down here. He has a case of sour grapes because when he was with the OHP he couldn't run the track out of business. Why don't they stop all the betting at all sporting events? Love county was the first county in the state to vote on horse betting but OKC got the track. That was going to solve all the state's money woes but it has failed.
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