Palms Casino fined $1m after Prostitution and Drug Sting

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The Palms Casino recently got into major trouble when some of its employees were busted for supplying cocaine, prostitutes and pain pills to customers. And now they'll have a $1 million fine to pay after the Nevada Gaming Control Board handed down some harsh punishments. Here's a closer look at how and why the crimes went down at the Palms.

Sting Operation

Acting on evidence, the Las Vegas metro police set up several sting operations directed at Palms Casino employees. While conducting the stings, a Rain nightclub bottle runner was said to have looked for prosititutes for an undercover police officer; when he couldn't find any prostitutes, the worker offering $100 worth of cocaine instead.

This certainly wasn't the only instance of illegal activity because Palms employees offered undercover cops $18,000 worth of cocaine as well as ecstasy and pain killers. No arrests were made during the operation, but there are expected to be some in the coming weeks.


Upon hearing about the activities that their employees engaged in, Palms Casino board members were said to be "concerned and disappointed." Spokesman Alex Acuna said, "We are resolved to address these problems comprehensively and decisively." Acuna also mentioned that the nightclubs were only partially owned by Palms (before) as he stated, "They're now fully owned, so we have a lot more oversight and visibility into the organization."


The Palms Casino fully intends to pay the $1 million fine along with an additional $78,000 for police investigation fees. In addition to this, they're also implementing employee drug testing, installing "amnesty boxes" where casino visitors can put drugs before entering, and changing security measures to keep employees from violating the law.