Drug suspect dies in motorcycle wreck

Vargas Vargas A 53-year-old Cameron man, whose home had been raided by police Friday in a drug raid, died that night in a motorcycle crash on a remote country road.

Antonio Vargas Sr., was killed at the County Road 455-458A intersection, five miles south of Thorndale, when his motorcycle ran through a fence and struck a tree, according to DPS Trooper Erik Gaston. Gaston estimated the accident occurred between 10 and 11 p.m. Fri- day although the body was not discovered until around 8 a.m. Saturday by a passer-by.

Justice of the Peace Chip Dunsmoor pronounced Vargas dead at 8:55 a.m.

Drug raid

On Friday the Cameron Police Department and Constables Herbie Vaughan and John Anderle executed a search warrant at 400 North Columbus in Cameron.

Lt. Kris Stringer of the Cameron PD said cocaine and drug paraphernalia were found after Vaughan's drug sniffing dogs alerted on one apartment.

"We had received complaints from concerned citizens living in the area about drug trafficking from the apartment," Stringer said.

Vargas was not home at the time of the raid, police said.

An arrest warrant for Vargas, alleging felony cocaine possession in a drug-free zone and possession of drug paraphernalia was issued.

Police had asked the public to contact CrimeStoppers or the Cameron PD if anyone had information on Vargas' whereabouts.


"We weren't able to determine if Mr. Vargas knew about the raid and the arrest warrant," Gaston said. "Some of the people I talked to thought he did and some thought he did not."

Gaston said the accident was not a result of any pursuit.

"County Road 458A runs north and south and CR 455 runs east and west," Gaston said. "458A ends in a T-intersection at 455. You've got to turn right or left."

"Mr. Vargas did not turn at all. He went straight, through a fence and hit a tree, ejecting him from the motorcycle," Gaston said.

The motorcycle had been converted to a three-wheeler.

Gaston said Vargas was not wearing a helmet and that speed did not appear to be a factor. Invest igators found no sk id marks.

Dunsmoor ordered an autopsy and toxicology tests to determine if alcohol was a factor.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Cameron. (See obituary, page 8C.)

Vargas was the sixth fatality on Milam County roads in 2009.

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