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Tactical team arrests dealer in raid

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ATHENS–Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team hit a North Athens home at 4 a.m. Monday and arrested an armed drug dealer with methamphetamines and material commonly used to distribute the illegal drug.

Robert Martinez Maldonado, 30, of Athens, was the sole occupant when the search warrant was executed by the specialized HC Tactical Team and officers from the Athens Police Department.

"We have had our eyes on this residence, suspecting it was a center for drug manufacturing and delivery," Sheriff Hillhouse said. "Now it is shut down and out of business."

The Athens raid was conducted at a home in the 1000 block of North Pinkerton Street. Eight law-enforcement officers were led by Narcotics Investigators Kenneth Slaton and Wayne Nutt and Captain Michael Shelley.

The suspect Maldonado was carrying a 9mm pistol which was stolen.

He was charged with a First Degree Felony for dealing the methamphetamines, theft of a firearm, a State Jail Felony, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, a Third Degree Felony.

Cash, along with a substantial amount of meth and drug distribution paraphernalia, was seized.

The search warrant was signed by 392nd District Judge Scott McKee.

South of Chandler Dec. 2, Angela R Lento, 45, was stopped by Sgt. John Daniels on Wildewood Drive and FM 315 for a traffic violation.

The deputy discovered two drug pipes and a Sterling stainless .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol in her purse after she agreed to be searched.

She was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and theft of a firearm.

Both suspects were taken to the Henderson County Jail

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