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Aransas Pass bar raided in illegal gambling sting

Posted: 5:16 PM, Jan 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-11 00:18:28-05

Investigators today served a search warrant at an Aransas Pass bar suspected of running an illegal gambling operation.

According to the Aransas Pass Police Department, an investigation into the Dueling Pistols Bar at 177 South Commercial Street began in October 2018 after several members of the community expressed concerns.

APD says several undercover investigations were conducted to confirm the gambling operation, resulting in sufficient evidence to obtain a search warrant.

The owner of the bar, Kevin Lee Simon, was arrested and charged with Keeping a Gambling Place.

Two bar employees, Vicki Lynn Gifford and Heather Bustos were arrested and charged with Promotion of Gambling.

Two customers inside the bar, who police say were actively engaged in gambling, were cited and later released.

Investigators also seized several computers, a video server and other items.