Operation Bishop raids two arcades in Harlingen and one in La Feria

Cameron County District Attorney's Office

POSTED: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 1:38pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 9:45am

Operation Bishop investigators raided two Harlingen arcades and one La Feria arcade Thursday night, and forfeiture of real property involved will be sought.

The Harlingen arcades were located at 14336 W. Expressway 83, operated by the Laguna Madre Scholarship Foundation, and 14442 W. Expressway 83, known as La Cantinita.

At the LMSF-run arcade, 21 computer terminals and $1,921 were seized. Seventeen patrons were gambling. One manager was arrested.

At the La Cantinita arcade, 40 motherboards and $9,415 were seized. Eleven patrons were gambling. Three managers were arrested.

The La Feria arcade, located at 291 FM 2556 Solis Road, was known as B.S.D. Motherboards to 55 machines and $5,142 were seized. 10 patrons were gambling. No arrests were made.

“Property in previous raids have already been awarded and forfeited to our Office,” District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said. “Illegal-gambling businesses well aware of Operation Bishop are continuing to operate in Cameron. They are on our list, we will pay them a visit, and we will seek forfeiture of those properties, too.”

The District Attorney’s Office has advertised in the newspaper, sent out notices, advised owners and patrons and conducted numerous media interviews about what is deemed illegal-gambling activity.

According to state law and the Attorney General, eight-liner and sweepstakes businesses that give cash prizes of $5 or more, even if some or all proceeds benefit a non-profit/charity, are deemed an illegal-gambling operation. It is estimated that the eight-liner/sweepstakes industry generates at least $300 million annually. Operation Bishop began in April 2013.

Agencies participating in the raids were: The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, The Cameron County Office of Emergency Management, Cameron County Constable’s Office-Precinct 5, Harlingen Police Department and South Padre Island Police Department.

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