Gaming regulator Coljuegos has carried out a series of raids on 11 different locations in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, seizing 59 gaming machines and taking in COP1.4 billion (£261,894) in cash.
The raids were carried out in coordination with the National Police and Government of Valle de Cauca last week and resulted in the large numbers of machines and cash being seized. No arrests were made during the raids, but those who're responsible for the illicit gambling will be fined upwards of COP4 million (£764.52).
Operators that are found to have an illegal slot machine also face a fine of up to COP72.6 million per machine. Those who are found guilty of an illegal gambling offense also will not be allowed to carry a gaming license for at least five years.
Commenting on the raids Coljuegos manager Carlos Andres Zarate said, "The commitment of Coljuegos and the territorial entities is forceful. Illegality in games of luck and chance is a scourge that directly affects the health of the Colombian regions."
Zarate also said that a new committee had been established to help tackle illegal gambling in the country, noting: "Today in Cali, we installed the Interinstitutional Committee for the Eradication of the Illegality of Lucky Games, an exercise that represents the commitment of the Governor, Clara LuzRoldán, for strengthening the culture of legality in this area of the country."