Palms casino in Vegas faces $1.2m fine in drug sting
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The company that owns the Palms Casino Resort said it will pay US$1 million (S$1.2 million) in fines after employees of casino nightclubs accepted payments to supply prostitutes, cocaine and pain pills in a series of stings last year.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board detailed the shady dealings in a complaint filed on Friday, and the owner of the Palms, FP Holdings LP, said it would pay the penalty for failing to prevent the illegal transactions.
Among other offences, the complaint said employees of NM Ventures and NM Ventures II, which operates the nightclubs, offered to sell undercover agents ecstasy, the prescription painkiller oxycodone, and US$18,000 worth of cocaine last March.
In one sting, a bottle runner at Rain nightclub agreed to track down prostitutes for a patron. After failing to find the women, the runner reached into a front pocket and produced US$100 of cocaine for the undercover agent.