An ongoing investigation since the beginning of the year led the Lubbock County District Attorney's office to a dual 8-liner bust on Sunday. The operation at 5015 University was warned along with every other 8-liner establishment in this area that gambling for money would not be tolerated.
According to authorities, 18 of the 20 operation closed, but some re-opened in the last few months. On Sunday night, agents entered the building and questioned employees and about 20 patrons inside that were gambling. No arrests were made and authorities are still trying to locate the owner of the business. They seized tens of thousands of dollars and about 80 games.
"We are doing undercover investigations at every business that has 8-liners. That was part of what this operation was about. We gave them a warning. We gave them an opportunity to close up, and if they didn't do it, we told them up front if you didn't do it we're going to be sending undercover folks. If you violate the law, we are going to shut you down," said Lubbock County Assistant DA, John Grace.
This bust was coordinated with one in Lynn County, that also happened around 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. There were an estimated 100 machines taken from there, and tens of thousands of dollars were also collected.
The operators at both locations, if convicted, could receive a Class A Misdemeanor which would be up to two years in jail and up to a $4,000 fine for each count. The players could receive a Class C Violation which is a $500 fine.
At this time, no one has been cited, but the DA's office plans to continue this investigation and close down every illegal gambling operation on the South Plains.