Eight illegal gambling machines were found Wednesday inside the Lotus Cafe — the first bust of its kind in Harris County, Sheriff Mike Jolley said.
Deputies followed a tip they got earlier this week about machines at the 1095 U.S. 27 business in Cataula, the sheriff said. After playing a machine on two different days, Li Zheng, 34, was arrested and $980 was recovered, he added.
“We sent someone in, and she paid them out in cash,” Jolley said. “We send somebody in on the 29th, they gambled, we sent them back in on the 30th.”
Zheng was taken into custody immediately after she allegedly paid out cash on Wednesday, the sheriff said.