Athens Review, Athens, Texas

September 27, 2013

Gambling raid brings two arrests

Warrant served at illegal establishment with game rooms being operated at address on State Highway 198

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — According to Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt, Henderson County Narcotics Investigators have been investigating game rooms at 6288 State Highway 198.  Investigators had information that an illegal gambling establishment was being operated at that location.

On Sept. 26, Investigator Wick Gabbard compiled enough probable cause for Judge Dan Moore, Judge of the 173rd Judicial District, to issue a search warrant for the establishment.

After obtaining the warrant, HCSO Investigators Kay Langford, Wick Gabbard, Brad Gray, Robert Powers, Cacey Hampton, Jessica Halbert, Dep. Kyle Pochobradsky, Lt. Kendall Wellman and Chief Dep. Dan Parker executed the search warrant on the illegal gambling establishment.

Upon execution of the search warrant, the attendant on duty, Regina Jones and the manager of the gambling establishment, Kimberly Harris, were arrested for Gambling Promotion, Keeping a Gambling Place, Possession of a Gambling Device and Possession of Gambling Paraphernalia.

A large amount of gambling paraphernalia and equipment was seized as was over $2,500 in cash.

Each of the gambling offenses is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000, and confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year.  Jones and Harris both posted bonds totaling $6,000 and both have been released.

Investigators from the county and District Attorney’s Office assisted in the execution of the warrant.