At Possum Kingdom Lake, Palo Pinto County sheriff's deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety officers entered Longhorn Smokes 'N More around 2:20 p.m. Thursday. Customers were turned away by officers who said the business was closed. About four hours later, deputies carried a number of computer terminals from the business and loaded them into a DPS box trailer. Mercer said the items have been stored at undisclosed locations. "All the players and managers were interviewed on the spot," he added. There were three arrests, but none were in relation to the seizure of the computer terminals. "One was for possession 1 to 4 grams of methamphetamine and two were for possession of drug paraphernalia," he explained.
Deputies from the Palo Pinto County Sheriff s Office along with investigators from the Texas Department of Public Safety Special Crimes Unit enter Longhorn Smokes N More at Possum Kingdom Lake armed with search warrants for what officials allege as illegal sweepstakes gambling operations. (Mark Engebretson)
The investigation continues and, once finalized, a determination on what charges, if any, will be filed, "If hey had a business license we did not take that," Mercer added, meaning that businesses that had other sales could reopen.