Deputies arrest 7 in ETX meth trade crackdown
POSTED: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 6:39pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 4:13pm
Nacogdoches, Texas (KETK) — The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday the arrest of seven different people involved in the East Texas meth trade, specifically in Nacogdoches County.
On Wednesday, deputies searched a home on County Road 137 after receiving consent and found 39 grams of crystal methamphetamine inside a safe. Authorities arrested James Wright, 58, and Samantha Simpson, both of Garrison. They were each charged with possession of a controlled substance. Simpson also had an outstanding warrant for hindering apprehension.
On Thursday, deputies stopped a vehicle on County Road 136. During the stop, a deputy was able to recover five grams of meth thrown from the window. Patrick Jernigan, 25, and Katie Barrett, 19, both of Nacogdoches, were taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance and tampering.
On Friday, law enforcement arrested an Etoile man after he was found with meth in the Sleepy Hollow subdivision. One gram of crystal meth was found on Kristopher Lalonde, 40, and he was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Investigators were also able to arrest two more men for criminal conspiracy during an investigation into the meth trade in Nacogdoches County. John Paul Hicks, 31, of Alto, attempted to buy meth from an undercover officer in Douglass.
Deputies conducted a search at a home on Weldon Drive after receiving information of illegal activity. Investigators found evidence directly linking the suspect to methamphetamine and methamphetamine sales. Deputies recovered a large amount of methamphetamine at another house, where deputies found additional evidence linking both suspects together. Ricky Sowell, 30, was arrested at the scene. All subjects were booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.