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Busted for drug sales

Two arrests in three days; weapon found in school zone
By MIKE BROWN Reporter Editor

Ofc. Stephen Goodrich displays crystal meth, Glock semiautomatic, cash recovered from traffic stop near elementary school. Ofc. Stephen Goodrich displays crystal meth, Glock semiautomatic, cash recovered from traffic stop near elementary school. Rockdale police and the Milam County Sheriff's Department made two major drug busts in Rockdale in less than three days last week.

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.

Meth, pistol

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Goodrich, who made last Wednesday's arrest, said he stopped Coldiron after noticing his license plate sticker was out of date.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.

"The pistol had been stolen from a Rockdale resident," Lt. J. D. Newlin said.

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.

Cash seized

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."

Friday raid

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.

Displaying drugs and cash seized in Friday drug raid at 105 South Pear: (L-R) Deputy Sheriffs Josh Clouse, Doug Smith and James Woodward, Precinct 3 Constable Herbie Vaughan, Rockdale Police Ofc. Danice Steinbecker, Sheriff David Greene, Rockdale Police Ofc. Mike Hoyt, Rockdale Police Chief Thomas Harris, Deputy Sheriff Jay Beathard. Displaying drugs and cash seized in Friday drug raid at 105 South Pear: (L-R) Deputy Sheriffs Josh Clouse, Doug Smith and James Woodward, Precinct 3 Constable Herbie Vaughan, Rockdale Police Ofc. Danice Steinbecker, Sheriff David Greene, Rockdale Police Ofc. Mike Hoyt, Rockdale Police Chief Thomas Harris, Deputy Sheriff Jay Beathard. Woodward said a search warrant was obtained after investigators received information from the public concerning possible illicit activity at the house.

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."

Drugs, cash

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.


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