Police bust illegal gambling operation in Springdale

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SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFTA) — An accomplice has been arrested in connection with an illegal gambling operation in Springdale.

Mark Warren Calhoun, 32, was arrested Thursday, July 11 at 12:30 p.m. at Kings Xpress. He is facing two felony counts of being an accomplice to keeping a gambling house.

He is accused of taking gambling winnings out of the machines.

Glen and Tammie Calhoun are the owners of Kings Korner and Kings Xpress, police said.

Police investigated the matter for about three years, according to a preliminary report.

Thirty-one gambling machines, cash, papers and computer records were seized by police, the report states.

Illegal gambling machines were first found in 2016, according to police. Police warned employees at the stores to get rid of the machines, but instead were moved to a clandestine operation at a converted car wash bay, which was being used as an unmarked gambling room, the report states.

Investigators working undercover gambled at Kings Xpress during 2017 and were paid 75 percent cash value for winnings on the machines, according to police.

Undercover agents reportedly gambled on the machines at both stores during January and June 2019.

ORIGINAL STORY:

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFTA) —  Police break up an illegal gambling operation in Springdale.

The Springdale Police Department said on Thursday (July 11) they executed a search warrant on Kings Korner and Kings Xpress in the city.

The warrant was based on an extensive investigation, revealing that both locations had been operating illegal gambling houses, police said.

Police said the owners of both businesses were warned several times about Arkansas law, but continued to operate and profit off of slot machines.

Police said they received a call in April 2019 of a robbery that originated at the gambling operation. The victim told police he won a large cash amount while playing slot machines at Kings Korner. Police said the suspects followed him home when the robbery happened.

The gambling investigation found players could enter the store during business hours and play casino-style slot machines, police said. The players used cash which translated to points on the machine. If a player won, police said they could turn in tickets to the front register for cash winnings.

This was a joint investigation between the Springdale Police Department and Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control Agents.

The case remains under investigation.

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