Authorities said eight people were arrested and five others remained at large late Saturday following a nine-month investigation into a suspected gambling ring in Burleson County.
Special agents from the Department of Public Safety's criminal investigation division made the arrests Friday in Burleson and Robertson counties with the help of Caldwell police and the Burleson County Sheriff's Department.
Officials said six search warrants were served, allowing investigators to collected illegal gaming machines and 220 motherboards from gambling devices, along with $34,000 in cash. A motherboard is a circuit board that is the foundation of a computer, and it can be found on the back side or the bottom of a computer.
State law enforcement did not release the names of those arrested or which jails they were taken to, nor did they reveal what crimes with which the individuals were charged.
Investigators in Hearne and Hempstead said a year ago in December that they found evidence of illegal gambling operations at several businesses that were using 8-liner machines. Those are coin-operated machines that look like a slot machine. It wasn't known if the more recent gambling ring involved such devices. Authorities declined to give specifics.
The case remained under investigation late Saturday.