Henderson County game room shut down, machines, cash seized, 3 arrested

Henderson County game room shut down, machines, cash seized, 3 arrested
James Nelson (Source: Henderson County Sheriff's Office)
Lodia Thomas (Source: Henderson County Sheriff's Office)
Lodia Thomas (Source: Henderson County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Ruff (Source: Henderson County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Ruff (Source: Henderson County Sheriff's Office)

HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Henderson County Sheriff's Office has shut down another game room in Seven Points, seizing machines and cash.

James Nelson 59, and Lodia Thomas, 51, were charged with felony counts of engaging in organized criminal activity and four misdemeanor charges relating to illegal gambling.

Michael Ruff, 32, was arrested and charged with a felony for possession of methamphetamines.

The Can Depot game room at 124 W. Cedar Creek Parkway in the Seven Points area was raided Monday night by law enforcement.

All other patrons who were gambling at the Can Depot at the time were cited for illegal gambling.

The Henderson County District Attorney's Office, Henderson County Constable Precinct 5 Brad Miers, Athens Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and the Seven Points Police Department aided the Sheriff's team in the execution of a search warrant signed by 392nd District Judge Scott McKee.

Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said more than 90 gambling devices and over $13,000 cash were seized during the raid.

"For the last several months, we have been shutting down these gambling houses here," the Sheriff said. "This operation will continue until they are out of business permanently."

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