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Warrants for suspects in illegal trade on Hwy 140
A Pearsall gaming parlor was shut down Friday afternoon, July 29, after a month-long investigation into alleged illegal drug trade and the discovery of a cache of narcotics at the site.
Pearsall police say they received a number of anonymous tips regarding drug sales at the business on Hwy 140 East during the July 4 holiday weekend. An investigation was launched promptly, according to officers, and surveillance revealed stop-and-go traffic and what they described as several “hand exchanges.”
Witness statements confirmed allegations that patrons received monetary payouts for winnings, according to officers.
Investigating officers discovered 40 alprazolam pills and 30 grams of methamphetamine inside the parlor and in a vehicle belonging to employee Juliet Benavidez, 26, during Friday’s raid.
Further investigation revealed scales, bags and marijuana inside Benavidez’ vehicle.
Benavidez was arrested and transported to the Frio County Jail without further incident. The woman faces two felony charges for manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance of alprazolam and methamphetamine.
Minaz Abdul, 57, and Amber Groom, 38, each face three Class A misdemeanor charges for gambling promotion, possession of gambling devices and keeping a gambling place.
Police say warrants for Groom’s and Abdul’s arrests are pending.