Busted for drug sales
James Michael Coldiron, 22, remains in the county jail on $80,000 bond after police found a semiautomatic pistol and crystal meth in his possession near the elementary campus last Wednesday.
On Friday morning, a raid led by the sheriff's department's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) produced two arrests.
Elihue Wilburn Jr., 48, and 35-year-old Rachel Contreras-Garza were charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine). Contreras-Garza was also charged with possession of a dangerous drug.
They were released after posting bond, $25,000 for Wilburn and $5,000 for Contreras Garza.
Ofc. Stephen Goodrich, who made last Wednesday's arrest, said he stopped Coldiron after noticing his license plate sticker was out of date.
Goodrich said three grams of crystal methamphetamine and the pistol, a Glock 10-millimeter, were found in the vehicle.
Newlin said the crystal meth carries a street value of about $300.
"The suspect later confessed that he was on his way to make a drug deal when he was stopped by Ofc. Goodrich," Newlin said.
Newlin said $800 in cash, found in the vehicle, was seized by police.
Coldiron was charged with possession of a controlled substance (1 to 4 grams) with intent to deliver in a school zone and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon."
"This arrest actually had the potential to be under federal law," Newlin said. "When there is the combination of drugs and a weapon in a school zone it can fall under federal law. But, right now, we think the state charges are all we will file."
Deputy Sheriff James Woodward, an investigator with the SIU, said about a dozen law enforcement officers converged on the Wilburn home, 105 South Pear, at 10:40 a.m. Friday.
Wilburn is a registered sex offender, having been convicted of indecency with a child/sexual contact in connection with a 15-yearold female victim.
Woodward said neither suspect resisted and termed the arrests "without incident."
Woodward said 16 grams of crack cocaine were seized during the raid. He said officers also confiscated between $500 and $600 in cash.
"We are filing to seize the cash but chose not to seek seizure of the house," Woodward said.
Agencies taking part in the raid were the Milam County Sheriff's Department, Rockdale Police Department and the Milam County Precinct 3 Constable's office.