COFFEE CITY, TX (KLTV) - Thousands of dollars were seized and several people arrested following a game room raid in Coffee City Wednesday.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said during an organized crime raid Wednesday his deputies shut down a busy game room, confiscated more than $130,000 in cash and removed 100 gambling machines. Five people were arrested during the raid.
"We shut down a major illegal operation," Hillhouse said.
The raid took place shortly after 9 a.m., at the Spin-Win Charity room in the 7000 block of State Highway 155 in Coffee City.
Hillhouse said those arrested were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, gambling promotion, keeping a gambling place, possession of a gambling devise and possession of gambling paraphernalia.
"Large amount cash -- $130,000 – and more than 100 illegal machines and a firearm were also found," Hillhouse said.
Evidence led investigators to the residence of the business owner, Donald Ray King, Jr., 41.
Sheriff Larry Smith and the Smith County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation at King's residence in Smith County, according to Hillhouse.
Those arrested at the scene were Cindy McClanahan, 57; Karlton Dudley, 31; Cliffton Burton, 49; Michelle Blubaugh, 48; and Christopher Braus, 34.
Sheriff Hillhouse said more arrests are expected.
Since October of 2017, investigators have executed four search warrants on illegal gaming establishments resulting in 18 arrests for a variety of crimes, according to Sheriff Hillhouse.