Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — An illegal casino has been shut down by state authorities in Playa del Carmen after criminal investigations lead to search warrants.
Specialized crime investigation authorities from the Federal Prosecutor’s Office have shut down an illegal casino. Members of the special unit report seizing 26 electronic gaming machines, six card tables, two roulette tables, three computers, 1,600 gaming chips without value and thousands of euro, peso and dollars in cash.
The seizure and shut down stemmed from investigations by the unit with support of the federal police division of investigation. The search warrant, issued by the District Judge Specialized in the Accusatory Criminal System in Cancun, was executed against the commercial establishment in Playa del Carmen.
A second illegal casino, thought associated with the Playa del Carmen business, was also shut down in Ciudad Camargo, Chihuahua.
From there, police seized 86 machines and 40 computer hard drives along with cash.
Authorities from the Unidad Especializada en Investigación de Delitos Contra el Ambiente y Previstos en Leyes Especiales report in both cases, neither of the establishments had permits to run a casino and were determined to be in violation to the Federal Law of Games and Draws.