APD seizes drugs, gaming devices, weapons, and over $100,000 from illegal gambling operations


The Amarillo Police Department Specialized Operations Division and Neighborhood Policing Unit conducted 14 search warrants on illegal gambling operations in Amarillo. The operations that were shut down were not only operating illegally but were magnets for a host of other criminal activity and a public nuisance for residents and legitimate businesses.

During the operation, three arrests were made. In addition, the officers seized $105,012.00 cash, 4 guns, 234 gaming devices, and illegal drugs including meth, cocaine, and THC.

According to APD Chief Birkenfeld, “illegal gambling operations have consistently been havens for crime including robberies and drug dealing. They also prey on people who can least afford to lose money using unscrupulous practices. The Amarillo Police Department is committed to keeping our city safe, and this is one of the many priorities that we will continue to monitor and enforce to meet the expectations of our community.”

The Amarillo PD takes these crimes very seriously and will investigate and shut down businesses that operate illegal gambling machines anywhere in the city.  More enforcement and arrests can be expected.

Anyone with information on illegal gambling is encouraged to call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.  Or you can make an anonymous tip online at www.amapolice.org or download the Amarillo Crime Stoppers P3 tips app.

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