Illegal horse racing ring update

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

LOVE COUNTY, Okla. – More of the over 100 suspects arrested in the illegal horse racing ring in Thackerville were in court on Friday .

The courthouse in Love County wasn't as full as Tuesday, but there were several other suspects standing in front of the judge for a second time.

Officials from the state attorney general’s office attended Friday’s arraignments. On Tuesday, the judge decided some charges wouldn’t hold up unless he had more information and someone to explain what he called ‘petty charges.’

The court had no changes today. They were adjourned until Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Nearly 100 people were arrested in Thackerville Sunday afternoon 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. They say spectators will not be charged, but they will be documented.


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