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Gambling house operator convicted on drug charges

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Staff report, Denton Record-Chronicle

FORT WORTH — The operator of an illegal gambling house at Interstate 35W and Long Avenue in Fort Worth has been convicted on federal charges related to possession and distribution of methamphetamine.

Jeremy Crabtree, 41, was was found guilty of the drug-related charges after a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Reed C. O'Connor. He is scheduled to be sentenced in April and could serve up to life in prison.

Federal prosecutors presented evidence that the Crabtree's gaming room became a hub for Aryan Brotherhood gang-related activity and meth trafficking in 2014 and 2015. Electronic poker machines provided the entertainment at the gaming room.

A news release from the U.S. attorney's office says Crabtree was not an official gang member, but was a close associate who allowed AB to use his business for a variety of illegal activities.