Something is murky in Crystal City, Texas after almost all city officials were arrested on federal charges accusing them of taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and helping the head of an illegal gambling operation. The Thursday arrests included Crystal City’s mayor, mayor pro tempore, a former councilman and one of the city’s three current councilmen. Also arrested was Ngoc Tri Nguyen, who is believed to go by the nickname “Mr. T,” and is accused of being in charge of an illegal gambling ring. Another recall attempt is currently underway. Bajaras say that he will review the city’s charter to see if he can move the town past its frustrating deadlock.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.