Two businesses busted for illegal gambling

Two businesses busted for illegal gambling

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The owners of two Batesville businesses are accused of housing illegal gambling.

A news release from the Batesville Police Department states two separate warrants were executed simultaneously on Tuesday.

The warrant searches took place at La Ilusion Mexican Market and Restaurant at 945 N. Central Ave. and La Korita Mexican Store at 2375 Byers St.

Police state the warrants were the result of "numerous complaints of illegal gambling taking place inside the businesses."

During the investigation, two undercover Batesville officers went into the businesses and played on electronic gaming devices that provided "cash money for their winnings."

While executing the warrants, numerous gaming devices were seized. Several individuals were interviewed about the illegal gambling.

Hilario Huerta, owner of La Ilusion, and Mirtha Jasso, owner of La Korita, were each charged with keeping a gambling house, a Class D felony. Both were charged in Independence County Circuit Court.

BPD was assisted by the Independence County Sheriff's Office and the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force.

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