HENDERSON COUNTY–The manager of a game room and another were arrested late at night Oct. 14 by Henderson County Deputies during a building check.
John Edward Bernard, 58, was the manager of the Silver Mine game room located at 6200 State Highway 198 between Log Cabin and Enchanted Oaks.
Kevin Jay Todd, Jr., 34, was a customer in the business.
Bernard and Todd were both charged with felony possession of methamphetamines and taken to Henderson County Jail.
During the routine check, Deputy Jonathan Barrios first saw Todd attempting to hide suspected narcotics behind a gaming machine. A small black case containing meth was recovered.
Sergeant Patrick Johnson and other responding deputies spotted Bernard, the game room manager, conceal something behind the establishment’s business counter.
Deputy Jonathan Hutchison found a used narcotic pipe. Bernard was handcuffed and a small, black bag containing meth was also found.
“Our countywide crackdown on game rooms has been a success,” Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said. “There are some still operating, and oftentime, suspects inside with drugs are arrested. Those owners and managers are on notice – we are ever watchful, and we will continue investigating these establishments,” Hillhouse stated.