A local businessman was arrested last week after Robstown police allegedly found documents linking him to an illegal gambling raid that occurred two months ago.
Sgt. Derley Flores, with the Robstown Police Department, said a motorcycle officer conducting his afternoon patrol pulled over a vehicle being driven by 45-year-old Rene Arturo Escobar for not wearing a seatbelt. Flores said the officer became suspicious because Escobar, who is usually friendly with officers, appeared to be quiet and nervous during the stop.
"When the officer stopped him, his demeanor was completely opposite to how he's always been," Flores said. "He was extremely nervous, which he never has been around officers."
The officer issued Escobar a citation for not wearing his seatbelt, and was then granted consent to search the vehicle, according to the police report.
A search of the vehicle found unidentified pills underneath the driver's seat, which have been sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety's lab in Austin for testing, Flores said.
In addition, police found paperwork allegedly related to illegal gambling.
Escobar is the owner of Family Country Store, located in the 3900 Block of County Road 79 in Robstown. The store was one of six raided across rural Nueces County by law enforcement, an operation that resulted in the confiscation of more than $65,000 and 481 8-liner machines.
The paperwork Escobar had reportedly showed names and payouts for various customers of the store from gambling at the store, Flores said. Police also found $5,482 in used currency in the vehicle, which Escobar allegedly said was from the game room at his store, Flores added.
Escobar was placed under arrest for possession of dangerous drugs and transported to the Nueces County Jail. He could also face additional charges for illegal gambling because of the documentation found in his vehicle, Flores said.