A new organized crime unit of the BCSO in San Antonio, Texas executed a historic raid on an illegal gambling den, discovering hundreds of illicit gaming machines and netting $350k in cash, cars, and property. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
New organized crime unit led bust
A plainclothes operation by a new organized crime unit of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) seized hundreds of illegal gaming machines during a gambling bust in San Antonio, Texas. The discovery also included $350,000 in cash, cars, and property, as well as seven guns and drugs.
BCSO Sheriff Javier Salazar gave an update of Wednesday night’s historic raid via Facebook Watch early on Thursday, which included footage of the seized gambling machines.
Salazar stated that many of the veterans of his department were of the consensus that the bust revealed the “most extensive gambling operation any of us has ever seen in a couple of decades.”
The court-sanctioned bust on May 5 also netted nearly 100 functioning and 200 non-functional gaming machines.
Undercover agents posed as gamblers
In his later Thursday updates on the case via Facebook Live, Salazar said the BCSO detained 29 people on Wednesday night. Of that total, the sheriff’s office jailed eight for various offenses, ranging from identity theft to a violation of a protection order.
The sheriff also said the bust recovered a “16-year-old young lady.” The young female, who has since been reunited with her family, is being interviewed to find out if she was a victim of anything.
Salazar stated the building raided in the 3700 block of Blanco Road in San Antonio’s South Side has been the subject of five reported calls for suspicious activities since 2020.
In the run-up to the historic raid, plainclothes investigators from the BCSO gambled at the property in an undercover capacity. Once the detectives “got enough to make a case […] we came back with the warrant” on Wednesday, Salazar said.
Criminal conspiracy case is ongoing
The investigation into the case is ongoing. According to a KSAT TV online news site, Salazar said: “It’s a criminal conspiracy. We are going after an organized crime case, an organized crime charge.”
We will check it out and see if we can’t rid your community of more gambling operations like this”
The sheriff also appealed to the public to contact the BCSO organized crime hotline 210-335-GANG if they have any information on the case or other illegal activity in the area. “We will check it out and see if we can’t rid your community of more gambling operations like this or prostitution operations, human trafficking operations, weapons offenses, drug offenses,” Salazar added.