Coljuegos uncovers COP$7.11bn in illegal gambling raids

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Coljuegos and the National Police first carried out raids in Bogotá towns Suba, Ciudad Bolivar and Engativá, which recovered COP$5.89bn that had been obtained through illegal gambling operations. A total of 224 gambling machines were also uncovered.

In Montería, Córdoba, 50 electronic slot machines were confiscated across raids on 15 establishments, while COP$1.22bn in illegal gambling funds was also discovered.

According to Colombian law, each illegal electronic slot machine comes with a fine of COP$72.6m.

For other illegal gambling operations, the fine is stipulated at COP$272.5m for each establishment, point of sale, outlet and vendor.

In addition, each establishment will be prohibited from operating as a gambling facility for five years, and those responsible will be subject to a prison term of six to eight years.

In August, Coljuegos seized 139 items of gaming equipment from seven raids on unlicensed gambling establishments in the town of Manaure.

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