NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Thousands of dollars worth of eight-liners and the equipment that goes with them has been bounced back and forth from one storage facility to the next by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office.
You might remember, these machines were confiscated back in 2010. Now, the county can finally send it off to an auction.
A misplaced key kept sheriff's deputies from opening a locked storage unit where eight-liners and everything else needed to run a gambling operation sit.
Luckily, the raid that happened six years ago was a pretty big news story.
However, the case went on forever. No one was betting the county would still be holding onto the equipment to this day.
One of the gambling operators took a chance by hiding out from authorities.
Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges inherited the problems.
"Basically we had to get that resolved before the equipment was totally forfeited," Bridges said. "It had been forfeited, but we were just waiting on that one person that since he had absconded we couldn't fulfill the paper work."
The person was arrested nine months ago in Gregg County. Now the county is ready to get rid of the evidence that's become somewhat of a nuisance.
"Basically for the last four months we've been having to pay to house it, so now it's really been costing us money," Bridges said.
Perhaps the county will come into some winnings.
"This is actually going to be auctioned off by the Texas Facilities Commission," said Keith Bradford, an assistant county attorney. "We'll be sending it to Ft. Worth. They will auction it off and we'll get a percentage of the proceeds from that auction."
No one knows the value yet, but it's a sure bet the county will be glad to get rid of the gambling equipment.
The seizures came from two gambling houses - one inside the city and another out in the county.
The problem of illegal gambling operations hasn't resurfaced.