Two women were arrested last week and more than 40 people cited for allegedly running and participating in an illegal gambling operation in Robstown.

Capt. Mike Lowrance, with the Nueces County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigations Division, said the department had been investigating the business, known locally as Checkered Flag and located on State Highway 44, for the past several months.

"Those kinds of investigations take a while to complete," he said. "We'd received several complaints over the past few months (about the operation)."

The department executed a night-time search warrant at the business on Nov. 9, and arrested 44-year-old Yolanda Gonzalez, of Robstown, and Bishop resident Mary Ann Greiner, 56, on charges of engaging in organized crime, which is a felony offense.

Officers also confiscated about $15,000 in cash, along with 78 eight-liner machines, at the scene, Lowrance said.

In addition, 41 patrons who were at the business at the time of the raid were all given citations for gambling, a Class C Misdemeanor, Lowrance said.

The investigation into the gambling operation is still ongoing, he added, and more arrests could still be possible.