An investigation into an illegal gambling operation led to an arrest and the seizure of over $10,000 and 31 video poker machines from two locations.

The sting was conducted by Waxahachie Police on Dec. 7 at about 10 a.m.

Waxahachie Police Lt. Todd Woodruff stated that 14 video poker and slot machines were taken out of a location at 400 E. Martin Luther King and 17 video poker machines were removed from the 108 N. U.S. Highway 77 location.

“Waxahachie Police Department officers and detectives served simultaneous search warrants at the convenience store located at 400 E. Martin Luther King and the smoke and vapor store located in the building at 108 N. U.S. Highway 77,” Woodruff said. “The warrants were the result of a lengthy investigation into illegal gaming allegedly taking place at those locations."

“We arrested Emad Aleyan, 34, of Waxahachie while serving the search warrant at the 400 E. Martin Luther King location,” Woodruff explained. “He was interviewed by our detectives then taken to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center on two arrest warrants charging him with the possession of a gambling device, a class A misdemeanor, and engaging in an organized criminal activity, a state jail felony.”

Woodruff added that the investigation into this case is still ongoing at this time.

According to online records from the detention center, Aleyan is no longer listed as an inmate as of Monday.