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Undercover Investigation Nabs Three Amarillo Men

Dave Kemp, Potter County Assistant Attorney Dave Kemp, Potter County Assistant Attorney

Racketeering... That's the charge three Amarillo men face tonight in connection with illegal gambling. They are accused of making thousands of dollars a day operating 8-liner machine businesses in Amarillo. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains how an undercover operation led to the accused.

Curtis Fowler, Johnnie Shannon and Billy Black, are facing serious federal charges following a Potter County undercover investigation. Four raids at 8-liner gambling spot in Amarillo Tuesday were the result of an almost 5-month investigation into the three suspects. More than 200 machines and $26,000 in cash were recovered.

"All these places are paying cash which is flat out illegal, and when people are gambling there is other illegal activity too so they're really a nuisance because they tend to generate other criminal activity," says Dave Kemp, Potter County Assistant Attorney.

Like money laundering. This affidavit states all three men wanted the Potter County official to warn him about future raids so he could protect his business. They also asked the county to put other 8-liner operations out of business so he would profit from it.

"There was efforting to get other competing 8-liner places shut down," says Kemp.

The document also mentions monetary bribes fowler gave to law enforcement officers in exchange for acts that would benefit him financially.

"That's an allegation and if it's true that's something the federal government will address. In most investigations you find more and more as you go along so who knows where the road will lead from here on out," says Kemp.

Once the FBI is done prosecuting Fowler, Black and Shannon, Potter County may slap them with another set of charges. All three men have bonded out of jail since Tuesday's arrests.

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