Four People Charged for Running Illegal Poker Room in Smith County

22 Dec

The Department of Public Safety charged four people from Tyler and Jacksonville cities for their alleged involvement in an illegal gambling business in Smith County.

Martin Egoberto Guzman, 47, of Tyler; Blanca Vanessa Guzman, 26, of Tyler; Graciela Mendiola Perez, 23, of Jacksonville; and Stuart Mathew Hendricks, 42, of Jacksonville, each face money laundering charges. Martin Guzman and Blanca Guzman each hold $100,000 in bonds, while Hendricks and Perez have a $1 million bond.

Luis Alberto Sandoval, former Smith County Sheriff’s Office deputy, was apprehended in August for helping in drug trafficking features extensively in the arrest affidavit. In addition, Sandoval owed money to the illegal poker enterprise.

Hendrick, the business mastermind, was pulled over for a traffic violation on October 9 by the police. After they searched Hendrick’s car, the police found $23,000 in cash. Upon confiscating Hendrick’s phone, they discovered text messages, ledgers, poker table rosters, videos, and images of the illegal poker games that Hendrick and his accomplices run in Smith county.

According to the affidavit, the claimed business owners and benefactors are Hendricks, Martin Guzman, and an unidentified third individual. Furthermore, Blanca Guzman would collect a huge amount of cash owing to the illicit business and transfer the funds elsewhere.

Perez is allegedly Hendricks’ girlfriend, and she reportedly aids in player recruitment and hires female staff to amuse players. The affidavit also states that Sandoval admitted gambling at the poker room in July and owed money to Hendrick.

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