8-liner boards provide valuable evidence
Law enforcement agencies will be able to raid more eight-liner businesses without confiscating the whole machine.
The new legislation took effect September first.
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In the most recent eight-liner raid police and the district attorney's office confiscated more than three hundred machines in one establishment alone.
Now with new legislation thing get easier.
Instead of taking the machines, they are now allowed to take just the memory of the eight liners.
Juan Narvaez, machine owner, "The board is what keeps the machine functional. Once P.D. or whoever does the confiscation the machine becomes disable."
That memory is very crucial for evidence.
It stores all the games played and how much was paid out.
"When you go play the machine you could see the graphics that you’re playing.">>
The new legislation will save law enforcement money on transportation and storage of the machines.
Right now police are paying four thousand dollars a month in just storage fees.
The machines can be stored in warehouses for months until the case is closed.
"Also had to pay to secure it, monitor it by an alarm system because it is evidence it has to be in a secure location."
Isidro "Chilo" Alaniz, district attorney, "It takes a tremendous amount of resources and man power in conducting the investment of illegal gambling."
According to the D.A.'s office the computer chip will help them get the evidence they need to prosecute the cases.
Even though the memory records the points played on the machine they still have to witness a pay out by an undercover officer.
"Whether or not that circuit board can be replaced? My understanding is that it cannot...Technology what it is today, we will keep a close eye."
The district attorney's office assisted police back in may raiding two eight-liner establishments.
According to the D.A.'s office it took three months to collect evidence to get a warrant.
It has been four months and the case is still under investigation.