Game room bonanza to be tapped by law enforcement agencies
To be sure, HPD and Harris County are not in the business of running gambling operations, not to mention illegal ones, but that does not mean that law enforcement cannot share in the profits from this particular kind of vice; - as a bounty for cracking down on it, as it were.
But in the case of forfeiture proceedings, the money is already in the hands of law-enforcement, and has been accounted for. The only issue is whether the authorities gets to keep it as "contraband" rather than having to return it to the people from which the assets were seized in the course of a criminal investigation culminating in a raid and/or arrest.
The forfeiture cases are filed by the District Attorney's Offices in the name of the State of Texas and therefore show the State as the Plaintiff.
Forfeiture is governed by Chapter 59 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, but Harris County such cases are filed in civil district courts.