On December 14, 2009 a crackdown on illegal 8-liner gambling facilities and their proprietors by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit and assisting agencies resulted in the seizure of over one-quarter of a million dollars.
According to First Assistant District Attorney Phil Grant, the total seized stood at $264,387.
The SIU, assisted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, MCSO Criminal Investigations Division, MCSO District 3 Patrol Division and Claudia Laird with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office served warrants on Dec. 13 and 14 at multiple locations in Harris and Montgomery Counties, arresting eight people.
Last Thursday the Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted the ones arrested that day.
Albertine Morris, 69, of New Caney; Melissa Bailey 25, of Splendora were all indicted on four counts each of Engaging In Organized Criminal Activity.
Kenneth Hickman, 43, of Pasadena and 25-year-old Randy Bailey of Splendora were each indicted on one count of Money Laundering and three counts of Engaging In Organized Criminal Activity.
Eric Moore, 48, of Houston was indicted on three counts of Engaging In Organized Criminal Activity.
Kelly Carrasco, 24, of Splendora, and 70-year-old Jimmy Miaoulis of Humble were indicted on three counts of Engaging In Organized Criminal Activity.
Grant said the District Attorney’s Office has met with the Sheriff’s Office and share a strong determination rid Montgomery County of game rooms that facilitate illegal gambling and the additional crimes and criminals they attract.
“It doesn’t do any good unless we hit them in their pocketbooks,” Grant said. “Until we hit them where it hurts, they’re not going to move out of this county.”
Other indictments not related to the gaming activities included Luis R. Sanchez and Randy A. Todd for DWI 3rd or More.
Dennis J. Gibson for Assault Family Violence By Choking back on May 29, 2010.
Todd A. Wisnewski for Prohibited Substance In A Correctional Facility on Christmas Day last year.
Cynthia M. Stoker for Child Abandonment on September 30, 2009.
Juan L. Flores for Aggravated Robbery on October 27, 2009.
Tyler D. Fox for Evading Arrest Detention With a Vehicle on February 19, 2010.
James Michael Peluso age 36 was indicted for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon, Failure to Stop and Render Aid and Evading Arrest or Detention Causing Serious Bodily Injury.
This stemmed from a the theft of a 2000 model Chevrolet pickup. He was spotted running a red light in the 100 block of North First Street. Conroe Police attempted to stop the vehicle but he led them on a 20-mile pursuit through Conroe. Speeds at times were up to 100 MPH during the 18 minute chase. He was finally stopped at North Second and East Phillips.
Gregory P. Hubbard for Possession With Intent To Deliver / Manufacturer on March 7, 2010.
Mosies R. Mendez was indicted for March 7, 2010 Aggravated Robbery and Evading Arrest or Detention With a Motor Vehicle . Mendez was one responsible for a string of East Montgomery County robberies along the Loop 494 corridor in the Kingwood and Porter area which ended up in a pursuit lasting over ten miles and Mendez being shot by a Houston Police Officer on FM 1314. After being taken to Ben Taub Hospital that night he has recovered from his injuries.
He was also indicted for Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant for shooting at a Houston Police Officer during the chase.
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