Repeat offense: Man arrested in same place for same crime
It was “deja vu all over again” Friday when officers raided a Hamilton Street residence, found cocaine from what they believe to be a drug-dealing operation and re-arrested a 32-year-old Rockdale man.
Reginald Wayne Rideaux had been arrested Oct. 2 at the same residence for the same crime in an identical raid involving several law enforcement agencies.
He made $25,000 bond that same week and was released.
“Rideaux was actually on parole for previous drug offenses when we arrested him in October,” Harris said.
This time Rideaux is being held without bond on two charges, parole violation and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (1 to 4 grams).
He was also charged with possession of marijuana (less than 2 ounces) and bond surrender on two previous offenses, possession of a controlled substance (less than one gram) and possession of mar ijuana ( less than 2 ounces).
The Milam County Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations unit led Friday’s raid along with Rockdale Police and Precinct 3 Constable Herbie Vaughan.
“It was just like the other raid,” Harris said. “We obtained a warrant, searched the house, found cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.”
Harris said “items used for distribution of the narcotics were also found.”
Police also found cash in the amount of “$1,500 to $1,600,” according to Harris.
A number of “expensive electronics” items found in Friday’s raid are being checked against a list of items reported taken in recent burglaries.
As of Tuesday no matches had been made but investigators continue to check.
“We think some items are probably linked as proceeds from the sale of narcotics,” Harris said.
‘Fits the pattern’ Harris said police don’t see anything unusual in the circumstances leading up to the second raid.
“It fits the pattern (of drug dealing),” Harris said.
“These dealers aren’t afraid of prison and they’re not going to work. This is what they do,” he said.
Harris said police received information from a confidential source that Rideaux was again dealing drugs from the Hamilton Street residence.
“That led to the warrant and this second raid,” Harris said.
The October raid was the result of a month-long investigation by the sheriff’s department’s Special Investigations Unit.
During that raid investigators seized $1,000, small amounts of cocaine and marijuana and an ingredient believed to be used in the manufacture of crack cocaine.