First on 8: Laredo Chief of Police and D.A. raid 8-liner businesses
Jun 7, 2009
Jun 8, 2009
Two local 8-liner businesses are raided leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars in the hands of local authorities. The over-night raids come after months of investigations between both the district attorney's office and Laredo police. Officers say the raids may have happened late last night but they're not finished yet. Two 8-liner businesses, the latest to be raided by authorities executing a search warrant after undercover officers are paid in cash well over the 5 dollar state limit. “The businesses had been part of an ongoing investigation that took 12 weeks to compile,” says Joe Baeza of the Laredo Police Department. Inside, Police Chief Carlos Maldonado and District Attorney Chilo Alaniz, working together in what they’re calling 'Operation Texas Fold 'Em", found more than 180 slot machines at Open Amusement Casino and over 200 machines at the Lucky Dragon both on Jacman road. Over 150-thousand dollars in cash was confiscated Saturday night about 136-thousand at the Lucky Dragon alone, possibly the largest amount ever seized. Dozens of patron at both casinos waited to be identified one by one. “The patron that were all at the business was all interviewed for investigative purposes that could be subpoenaed as witnesses.” Both businesses are now shut down ... with police guarding all entrances. On Monday, authorities plan on removing all machines, now considered evidence, for storage at an undisclosed warehouse. No arrests have been made but police say they are imminent. All cash seized will eventually go back to the department to offset costs related to the operation like the renting of warehouse space. The raids come only days after city officials voted unanimously to change requirements.... making it easier to open 8-liner businesses.