8-liner owner denied property taken during raid

File footage: 8-liner

Property seized during an Operation Bishop raid at a gaming establishment in Cameron County will not be returned to it's property owner.

That's the decision from a state district judge appointed to the case.

Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz has called this a big win for the state.

He said it proves no matter how much technology you use in an attempt to mask illegal gambling, it really means gambling is illegal.

Owners of sweepstakes establishments attempted to argue that their gambling establishments were legal due to theTechnology utilized.

However, they paid out large cash prizes comparable to illegal 8-liner establishments. The state district judge sided with the state and denied the owners the right to regain the property seized in a May raid.

Among the items seized were computers, several televisions and at almost $2,000 in cash.

Operation Bishop is the culmination of an 18-month criminal investigation of illegal gambling in Cameron County.