UPDATE: Seven people arrested after maquinitas raid

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Seven individuals were arrested as a result of search warrants for various 8-liner establishments on Thursday.

The search warrants were the result of an on-going investigation into the “pay to play” slot machines often referred to as maquinitas. The Laredo Police Department conducted the investigation closely monitoring the daily operations of the businesses and documenting any illegal payouts issued above the legal limit of $5 allowed in the state of Texas.

As a result of the search warrants, over $200,000 in cash, 502 slot machines, a Springfield 9mm Handgun,assorted documents, ledgers, permits and other items were seized.

Additionally, seven warrants of arrest were served on individuals charging them with promotion of gambling.

The individuals arrested were 30-year-old Fabian Juarez Trinidad, 24-year-old Karen Anais Cancino, 44-year-old Veronica Martinez Serna, 20-year-old Marco Antonio Galindo, 30-year-old Miguel Texco, 37-year-old Veronica Hernandez, and 27-year-old Benny Chu.

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Authorities confiscate hundreds of thousands of dollars at several businesses on Thursday.

Details are light at the moment but authorities do confirm four businesses known as 8-liners, or maquinitas, were raided around town.

According to them more than 500 machines were confiscated from all the locations.

A total of $200,000 was also seized by authorities. A home in connection to the raids was visited by officials.

People who visit the businesses say they are shocked about the closures.

"I feel very surprised because this is my only entertainment," said Laura Salguro. "I would like changes to the law, it's more secure for the businesses, for the people."

It's still unclear if any arrests have been made in this case.

Authorities tell us they are working to release an update at a later time.


Benny Chu, age 27