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Game room investigation leads to organized crime and drug charges; two arrested by Sheriff, D.A. Teams

ATHENS, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 -- A game room in the Malakoff area was closed down by a team of Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office Thursday, and two people were arrested. 

Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said law enforcement suspected the illegal activity was occurring at the Hippy Hut Game Room on State Highway 31 in Malakoff, and served a search warrant issued by 392nd District Court Judge Scott McKee. 

“We are watching these particular businesses in the County with a close eye,” Hillhouse said. “And when we have the evidence needed, we will arrest the ones involved with illegal operations.” 

The attendant in charge of the game room, Cheryl Norman, 48, and the manager, Regina Jones, 53 were arrested. 

They both face felony and misdemeanor charges for a variety of crimes – engaging in organized criminal activity, promotion of gambling, keeping a gambling place, possession of gambling devices and  possession of gambling paraphernalia.

Norman also was charged with possession of a controlled substance, suspected methamphetamine. 

Investigators seized the drugs, gaming equipment and a large amount of cash.

“We have shut down these gambling houses in the past, and I will continue to make sure these operators know they are not welcomed in this County,” Sheriff Hillhouse said.

 

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