Sheriff: Deputy arrested in 2013 leads to meth, horse racing bust
POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:53am
UPDATED: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 6:46pm
Tyler (KETK) — The 2013 arrest of a Smith County deputy for drug trafficking led to the recent arrests of six other people.
According to Sheriff Larry Smith, authorities took six people into custody and they were indicted in federal court last week. His office also seized meth, firearms and a large piece of land off County Road 3104 where illegal horse racing was taking place. Deputies searched four residence on more than 100 acres of land in rural Smith County.
The seizures and arrests were a byproduct of Kimbrick Berard Jones arrest for selling meth from a patrol car. Smith said Jones cooperated with the FBI and sheriff's office as they continued to investigate criminal activities. Following his sentencing, they were able to pinpoint suppliers and traffickers of meth involved.
"These are six very active, very large quantity meth and cocaine distributors. you have to work to get to the major supplier and major traffickers and that's exactly what we've done in this investigation," said Sheriff Smith.
The following individual's indictments were reported by KETK on July 16:
- Omar Bonifacio Bonilla, aka “Pelon,” 32, of Tyler;
- Renault Lansing Kay, aka “Nault Pete,” a/k/a “Chocolate,” 47, of Tyler;
- Jessica Maria Bonilla, 31, of Tyler;
- Joel Orlando Bonilla-Loya, 36, of Tyler;
- Guillermo Rivera-Bonilla, 58, of Tyler;
- Sheena Shavette Perry, 31, of Tyler.
Six federal arrest warrants and four federal search warrants in the Tyler, Texas, and Gladewater, Texas, area were a result of the joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Smith County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Texas Racing Commission.
"This was a great example of a cooperative effort between the federal government, the state government, and local law enforcement in order to do what needs to be done and cut the major drug trafficking out at the root source," said Sheriff Smith.