Thursday, January 21, 2010
|DEU makes biggest cocaine
Three pounds found during traffic stop;
DEU investigators also bust working meth lab
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENSIn what was a really good day for law enforcement, Henderson County Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) investigators recorded what is believed to be the largest cocaine bust in county history and uncovered a working drug lab Jan. 13.
A traffic stop and vehicle search on State Highway 31 in Athens uncovered approximately three pounds of cocaine, believed to be the largest known cocaine seizure from a vehicle in Henderson County history, county sheriff Ray Nutt reported in a prepared press release Jan. 14.
DEU investigators Ronny Halbert, David Faught, Darrell Waller and deputy Billy Jack Valentine conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 Dodge Durango driven by Rafael Nunez, 20.
Nunez and a passenger, Anaceleto Soto-Soto, 26, were reportedly en route from Austin to Tyler at the time, Nutt said.
Both Nunez and Soto-Soto were arrested on charges of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, more than 400 grams.
While a $250,000 bond was placed on the drug charge, both Nunez and Soto-Soto are being held without bond under federal immigration detainers, Nutt reported.
That same day, Valentine drove to a residence on Farm-to-Market 1616 to serve a warrant, and observed items on the property consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine, Nutt said.
Halbert, Faught and Waller joined Valentine at the residence and unsuccessfully attempted to contact the persons inside.
Investigators obtained a search warrant from Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace Milton Adams and initiated a search, discovering Jerry Wayne Owens, 29, inside the residence.
A working methamphetamine lab was also found at the residence, Nutt reported.
Owens was arrested for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, more than 200 grams and less than 400 grams. Owens also had several outstanding warrants, Nutt reported.
Owens is being held without bond on a motion to revoke community supervision probation (burglary of a building) and two capias pro fine warrants (open container, no insurance).
Owens had a $150,000 bond set on the drug charge, $1,000 on a release of surety warrant (theft more than $50, less than $500), $5,000 on a bond forfeiture warrant (theft more than $50, less than $500), $500,000 on a theft of surety warrant (theft more than $50, less than $500) and a $5,000 bond on an affidavit to surrender principal (credit/debit card abuse).
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