Men arrested in illegal gambling operation


RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- Several people face drug charges in Russell County where deputies say they found an illegal gambling operation.

They arrested 26-year-old Matthew Burton and 20-year-old Zack Samuell plus 30-year-old Jared Smith.

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They also cited 36-year-old Robert Russell and a 17-year-old for marijuana possession.

Friday at 4:15, about a dozen Russell County deputies and Russell Springs officers searched Sharkie’s Billiards on Dowell Road.

The sheriff’s office says it was part of an ongoing investigation into illegal gambling and drug complaints.

Deputies say they seized nine gambling machines and charged Smith, the owner.

The others face drug charges.

Matthew Burton
Zack Samuell

Photos courtesy of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office.