Computer repair shop used as front for 8-liner

A crimestoppers tip led the the 8-liner in San Juan

A man is behind bars after he was caught operating an 8-liner that was fronted as a computer repair shop.

Pedro Cruz Castillo was arrested Tuesday after a crime stoppers tip was called into the San Juan Police Department.

Surveillance was then set up around a suite filled with 20 machines on the 900 block of west FM 495 in San Juan.

Investigators spoke with tenants nearby where they said they could hear screams from when people won and when they were playing the machines.

The owner of the property, who rented the suite to Castillo about two weeks ago, said he was told it was going to be a computer repair shop.

Throughout the investigation, the San Juan Police Department issued a search warrant for the suite that fronted the 8-liner as a computer repair shop.

Inside the suite, police found Castillo who ran the 8-liner and two other people playing the machines.

Authorities arrested Castillo and charged him with gambling promotion, keeping a gambling place and possessing gambling equipment.

The two people caught gambling were each given a citation.

Castillo remains behind bars at the Hidalgo County Jail on a $75,000 AND ICE Detainer.