Drug raid nabs three, nets cash and weapons

Cameron police and t hree Milam County constables arrested two persons on drug charges, and another for interfering with public duties, during a Friday drug raid on a Cameron residence.

One day earlier police in that city arrested a man termed as a "well-known drug dealer" after a foot chase.


Police and Constables John Anderle, Heith Kemper and Herbie Vaughan, along with drug dog "Char" served a search warrant at 6:45 a.m. Friday on North Orchard Street in Cameron and made three arrests as follows:

• Peter James Sanchez, 30, Cameron, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (200 to 400 grams), possession of marijuana (less than 2 ounces) in a drug-free zone, abandoning/ endangering a child criminal negligence, in custody on $90,000 bond.

• Laura Ann Lara, 31, Cameron, possession of a controlled substance (less than one gram) in a drug-free zone, abandoning/ endangering a child criminal negligence, released on $35,000 bond.

• Leticia Ashley Cooper-Lara, 20, Harker Heights, interfering with public duties, released on $1,000 bond.

Police Chief Patrick Guffey said a large quantity of cocaine, marijuana and crystal methamphetamine was found along with cash, pistols and illegal weapons including switchblade knives.

Child Protective Services was called in to take care of children found in the home, he said.


Three Cameron officers arrested 30-year-old Jermaud Desmond Bennett of Cameron after a foot chase which began at Mike's Convenience Store on Texas 36.

Police termed Bennett "a wellknown drug dealer" and said he was on parole after receiving a 45-year sentence in a drug case in 2001.

Bennett was charged w ith parole violation, escape while arrested/confined and possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone. He is being held without bond.


Sheriff David Greene said other calls for the Milam County Sheriff's department included:

Aug. 4—Deputy requested, FM 486; reckless conduct, CR 326; harassment, FM 437..

Aug. 5—Civil matter, Cypress Trail Loop, Rockdale; alarm, CR 221; fight in progress, North Main, town not specified; suspicious activity, FM 845; civil standby, Oak Lawn 3, Rockdale; phone harassment, north FM 487.

Thursday—Disturbance, Cypress Trail Loop, Rockdale; gas driveoff, East Avenue C, Milano; animal nuisance, CR 106; burglary of a building, CR 353; animal abuse/cruelty, CR 342; theft, FM 1712; assist Cameron PD.

Friday—Attempted burglary, CR 352; 911 call abandoned, CR 443; possible intoxicated driver, FM 1331; animal abuse/cruelty, CR 402; auto burglary, CR 344 Loop; verbal dispute, A lamo Road; welfare check, CR 311; suspicious vehicle, north CR 255; suspicious activity, CR 210; arrest made, CR 250 Loop.

Saturday—Missing person, private road; theft, East Milam, Cameron; welfare checks, US 77 and private road; alarm, CR 353; 4-wheeler on roadway, CR 326; deputy requested, Cameron.

Sunday—Suspicious person, CR 320; request to speak to deputy, Elm Street, town not specified; snake in house, south FM 1915; arrest made, FM 2095; theft of property, CR 446; stolen vehicle, Whipporwill Drive; request to speak to deputies, US 77 and FM 1600; alarm, FM 3242; reckless driver, CR 402; suspicious activity south FM 908.

Monday—Suspicious person, Buckholts; assist Rockdale PD; civil matter standby, Milano; animal nuisance, north FM 908; suspicious person/vehicle, CR 358; civil matters, CR 235 and CR 304; 911 call terminated, US 79; disturbance, Gause; civil matter standby.

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