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Drug raids nab 21

8 sought; house near RHS target
By MIKE BROWN
Reporter Editor


House on Charles Street, just over 500 feet from Rockdale High School, had been site of numerous ‘drug dealing’ calls for police. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken House on Charles Street, just over 500 feet from Rockdale High School, had been site of numerous ‘drug dealing’ calls for police. Reporter/Marie Bakken Rockdale Police and the Milam County Sheriff ’s Department swooped down on two suspected drug-dealing locations Saturday and Monday as part of an eight-month, large-scale drug sting operation.

By Wednesday 21 persons had been arrested, including nine Rockdale residents.

Nine more remained at large, including three Rockdale residents. Chief Deputy Chris White said two of those suspects have not yet been identified.

Lt. J. D. Newlin of the Rockdale Police Department, said the two houses targeted in Rockdale were in the 500 block of Rice, raided Saturday, and the 300 block of Charles, which was surrounded at 9 a.m. Monday.

“We’ve gotten numerous complaints about drug dealing in those houses,” Newlin said. “They get reported all the time.”


Twleve Rockdale residents have either been arrested, as of Wednesday morning, or being sought. Twleve Rockdale residents have either been arrested, as of Wednesday morning, or being sought. The Charles Street location is just over 500 feet from Rockdale High School.

ARRESTS—Rockdale residents arrested through mid-week in connection with the drug sting included:

• Ivery Joe Williams, 61, manufacture/ delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), in custody, no bond.

• Kenneth Ray Johnson, 35, manufacture/deliver y of a controlled substance (1 to 4 grams), manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (4 to 200 grams), two counts; manufacture/ delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), theft of aluminum/bronze/copper (less than $20,000), in custody, no bond.

• Reginald Darnell Hamilton, 36, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), released on $20,000 bond.

• Dav id L ee Gunnels, 29, delivery of marijuana (one-fourth ounce to five pounds), in a drugfree zone, in custody in lieu of $25,000 bond.

• George Edward Mitchell, 43, delivery of marijuana (less than one-fourth ounce), theft of aluminum/ bronze/copper (less than $20,000), released on $27,500 bond.

• Reginald Rideaux, 34, manufacture/ delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram) in a drug-free zone, released on $40,000 bond.

• Trent Mitchell, 23, delivery of marijuana (less than one-fourth ounce), manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), released on $20,000 bond.

• Jerry Myers, 24, had not been magistrated as of presstime Wednesday morning.

• Adrian Morrison, already in jail on a separate charge, according to White, is being charged in connection in connection with the drug sting.

“ The two charges involving metals theft allege that cooper bars found during the raids were stolen from Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations and exchanged for drugs,” White said.

SOUGHT—White said Rockdale residents Sederick Alcorn, A ma nda Dusek and Sammy Wesson are still being sought in connection with the drug investigation.

MORE ARRESTS—Simultaneously with Monday’s Rockdale raid, warrants were being served at three locations in Cameron.

Cameron residents arrested by mid-week were:

• Michael Borgas, 37, manufacture/ delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), in custody on $20,000 bond.

• Billy Wayne Johnson, 26, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), in custody on $20,000 bond.

• Dantra Santell Wilcox, 26, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), in custody on $20,000 bond.

• Beverly Ann Edwards, 47, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), released on $ 20,000 bond.

• Christopher Kenton Rosemond, 23, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), in custody on $20,000 bond.

• Jasper Canady England, 40, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), three counts, released on $60,000 bond.

• Latarsha Roshea Bryant, 33, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), in custody on $20,000 bond.

• Kenneth Eugene Drone, 51, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), in custody on $20,000 bond, bond surrenders for possession of controlled substance in a drug-free zone and DWI, fines for failure to control speed and failure to appear/bail jumping, in custody on $33,000 bond.

• Katharine Marie Melton, 40, delivery of marijuana (one-fourth ounce to five pounds), in a drugfree zone, released on $20,000 bond.

• Billy Ray Nauer, 25, manufacture/ delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), two counts, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), in a drug-free zone, in custody on $ 65,000 bond.

• Shaddarwin Shyquann Blaylock, 22, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), in a drug-free zone, two counts, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (less than one gram), in custody on $70,000 bond.

• Fernando Rangel, already incarcerated on a separate charge.

Still being sought are Cameron residents Viencient Cooks, Damion Taylor and A nthony Lattimore.

UNDERCOVER—White said Sheriff’s Department Investigator Mike Clore “diligently followed up on complaints and leads into narcotics trafficking in these and other locations throughout Milam County.”

“He spent numerous hours keeping watch on the locations and then setting up controlled buys,” White said.

During the investigation over 44 controlled buys were accomplished with half a pound of marijuana and more than 25 grams of crack- cocaine seized and taken off the streets.

“Also discovered and taken off the streets were two pistols, one of which had been reported stolen in Cameron,” White said.

“I consider this a win,” Sheriff David Greene said. “Although it is far from over, this is another positive step in our fight against the illegal drug trafficking in Milam County. “ The message we are sending is pretty clear. If you use drugs or deal drugs in Milam County, you are going to get caught and go to jail.”

Department of Public Safety state troopers, Cameron Police and Milam County constables also participated in the raids.


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