Two men from Newton arrested in gambling raid

CONYERS -- Two Newton County men were arrested in connection with Monday's illegal gambling raid and a Rockdale County man has been identified as the alleged ringleader of the illegal activity, according to officials.

Clayton County Sheriff's Office led the raid Monday with help from several federal and local agencies, including Conyers Police Department and Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

Twelve locations were involved in Monday's raid, including one Rockdale County home, three warehouses in Rockdale and eight businesses in Clayton County.

Larry Lee Simmons, 65, of Conyers was arrested at his home on Old Camp Trail on Monday.

Simmons was the manufacturer of the gambling machines and owned the Cedar Room, a pool hall in Riverdale, according to Deputy Alicia Parkes, public information officer for Clayton County.

Besides Simmons, 14 other subjects around the metro Atlanta area were arrested.

Those arrested included Terra Horton, 35, of Covington and Darrell Dean Terry, 37, of Oxford.

Charges for all the suspects included commercial gambling, possession/manufacture of gambling equipment and keeping a gambling place, according to Monday's press release.

Authorities made the raid after receiving resident complaints over the last few months of illegal gambling.

"Whenever payout is in cash for winning with those games, that's what makes it illegal," Parkes said.

More arrests are expected, according to Parkes.

The Shell gas station on West Avenue was also shut down during Monday's raid, but both the Conyers Police Department and Clayton County Sheriff's Office declined to say if the local gas station was involved.