POSTED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 11:43am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 8:25am
HIDALGO COUNTY, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Hidalgo County Sheriff officials shut down an eight liner business after a call was received in reference to illegal immigrants being held for ransom at the location.
On Wednesday, January 4th at around 3:30 p.m. a deputy was dispatched to 4743 North Trosper Road, in rural Mission, to the L & M drive thru establishment in reference to several immigrants being held for ransom.
When the deputy arrived to the location he noticed another building open behind the drive thru and proceeded to investigate the scene. Opon further inspection he saw several eight liner machines and several individuals playing the machines.
Back up was called authorities obtained information from the patrons who idenitified Marisol Ayala, 40, who admitted to making money payouts to winners at the business.
Hidalgo County investigators handed out citations of gambling to the patrons and Ayala was released. A search warrant was issued on the business with 28 eight liner machines being seized, two ledgers and $992 dollar in currency.