2 arrested in Rusk County amusement arcade raid


RUSK COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) – Two people were arrested Monday by officials from the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office on charges of illegal gambling and drug trafficking.

Susan Ash, 68, of Garrison, and Todd Ash, 49, also of Garrison, were arrested on February 28.

On February 28, the sheriff’s office investigated allegations of illegal gambling after obtaining a search warrant. The business in question was the Susie Q amusement arcade on County Road 3291 Garrison.

During the search, 16 working and one broken electronic gaming machines and other gaming paraphernalia suspected of being associated with a gambling operation were seized. Drugs were also seized during the execution of the warrant, including suspected crack cocaine and suspected marijuana. According to Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez, a firearm and cash, estimated at less than $1,000, were also seized.

On March 1, Justice of the Peace Pct #5 Jana Enloe issued warrants for the arrest of the gambling hall owners. Susan Ash, 68, of Garrison, has been charged with running a gambling venue and possessing a gambling device.

Additional warrants have been issued for Todd Ash, 49, of Garrison, for the criminal offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance in Sanction Group 1 and Promoting Gambling.

Susan and Todd Ash were both jailed in Rusk County Jail on March 1 when they turned themselves in to Rusk County authorities. Susan Ash received bonds totaling $4,000 and Todd Ash received bonds totaling $17,000.

Execution of the warrant is the result of an investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. The search warrant was issued by Rusk County Court to Judge Chad Dean.

Further investigations into these gambling halls are forthcoming, Sheriff Valdez said.

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