On August 29, the Amarillo Police Department Proactive Criminal Enforcement Unit (PACE) conducted a search warrant on the 2500 block of Paramount Lane to seize 8-liner slot machines as part of Operation Dark Windows, the name stemming from what APD said comes from the covered or painted windows found on the front of the illegal gaming establishments that were located throughout Amarillo.
According to APD, PACE initiated the operation back in February 2018.
Officials said over the past seven months, PACE utilized a variety of investigative techniques and identified 30 illegal gaming business within the Amarillo city limits, all in Potter County.
According to officials, PACE executed search warrants at 19 illegal gaming businesses.
Officials told us approximately 10 illegal gaming businesses shut their doors on their own as they saw the other locations being raided.
APD officials said the search warrant executed on the 2500 block of Paramount Lane closed the last remaining illegal gaming business in Amarillo.
During the course of the investigation, officials told us approximately 700 8-liner slot machines were seized as evidence.
APD reminds that it is illegal in the State of Texas for 8-liner slot machines to pay cash or provide prized that exceed $5 in value.
Officials said the gaming businesses that were shut down were not only operating illegally but, ” where a host of other criminal activity, and a public nuisance for residents and legitimate businesses.”
The Amarillo Police Department said they take these crimes seriously and will investigate and shut down businesses that operate illegal gaming machines anywhere in the city.