Law enforcement agencies shutdown eight-liners

Law enforcement agencies shutdown eight-liners

POSTED: Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 7:35am

UPDATED: Monday, April 15, 2013 - 8:14am

Cameron County, state and federal law enforcement agencies began a shutdown of all eight-liner establishments in the County Saturday upon the culmination of an 18-month criminal investigation known as Operation Bishop.

Five eight-liner establishments were raided: Pink Suite in La Feria; Lucky Place Arcade in Harlingen; Golden Arcade in Harlingen; M77 Game Room in Olmito; and Sahara Inn in Brownsville. Eight arrests were made with owners and managers charged with various gambling violations and at least one arrestee charged with organized crime. The 456
seized machines will be forfeited and destroyed.

Operation Bishop will continue through December until all eight-liner establishments in the County are closed. Two hundred eight-liner establishments currently operate in the County. Property owners will also be placed on notice that they may face losing their properties if they continue to allow eight-liners in their buildings.

Operation Bishop is the first operation of its kind in terms of number of agencies working together to curtail what is known as a criminal epidemic in Cameron County.

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