NORTH ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's deputies detained five people and busted three alleged meth labs Wednesday morning.
Two of the labs, which they uncovered on Double Tree Road off of FM 2021, were mobile and one was in a home, Sgt. Allen Hill said.
"So far, we've found seven or eight hundred dollars worth of finished meth. What they could make with what's here, there's several thousand dollars worth of stuff."
Mike Russell, 33, who is the owner of the home, was detained but taken to a hospital for serious health problems. Arrested were Terry Loving, 23, of Lufkin, Lindsey Miller, 19, of Lufkin, James Cleveland, 45, of Lufkin and Koty Jones, 25, of Lufkin. All are charged with the intent to manufacture meth. A charge of possession of a controlled substance is pending.
Hill said a six-year-old girl resides in the home and that Child Protective Services has been notified of the case.
The bust took place around 9:30 a.m. Names of the arrested were not immediately available.
Deputies say they see this activity across Lufkin, but the challenge lies outside the city limits.
"The county has a very small narcotics unit and the city has a small one, and they pretty much take care of the city. And there's not that much money or effort being put toward to knocking down the meth and the drug problem out in the rural areas," said Hill.
Years ago the drug task force went inactive, leaving law enforcement with limited resources.
"They did away with the task forces and everything was okay and years go on. They moved the focus away from too much meth and local dope to working on other issues, and the problem just blossomed," added Hill.
He says the drug battle has never stopped, and now there's a new focus.
"It's always been there, and we've made a lot of arrests. We just are really now trying to make the public aware of, aware of what's going on."