Money seized in 8-Liner raid is put to good use - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/30/09

Money seized in 8-Liner raid is put to good use

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By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock criminals are helping pay for essential law enforcement equipment. This stems from a joint investigation last year involving the Lubbock Police Department, the Lubbock District Attorney's Office, and the Department of Public Safety.

The three local agencies shut down nine illegal 8-liner businesses during a six month investigation. A quarter of a million dollars was seized from these businesses.

Every time you put money in a slot machine you're taking a gamble and that's exactly what some 8-liner businesses are doing, if ran illegally in Lubbock County.

"When you're giving money out, basically no matter how you are doing it, no matter how you try to hide it or anything else like that through coupons, through gift cards, or however you are trying to do it, if you are paying out currency cash in some form then you are breaking the law," said Lubbock District Attorney Matt Powell. 

And last year in a six month investigation three local law enforcement agencies were able to put their resources together to pull off a successful raid.

"Not only of the businesses that were raided, not only the cash that was found in those businesses, but bank accounts, there was a strip mall, small houses that leans were put on and things like that," said Powell. 

During this raid nine, businesses were shut down and $250,000 of funds were seized.

"Criminals can pay for different equipment and training and everything else that law enforcement does and it doesn't cost the tax payer a dollar," said Powell.

A little more than $80,000 will go to each of the three agencies, money that will be put to good use.

"The money will be spent very well for training detectives as well as patrol division, buying equipment, and several other things we have planned especially protective vests for the officers," said Assistant Chief of Police Wayne Bullock. 

During the raid nine 8-liner businesses were shut down. Fifteen people were arrested in connection to these businesses, and two of those were convicted of felony charges.

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