Law enforcement agencies make arrests at Timberland Drive businesses

Sergio Lazaro mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Sergio Lazaro mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jena Johnson - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Five people were arrested Wednesday in what an undercover police officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, says is in connection to cocaine dealing in Lufkin.

Officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Public Safety and FBI were on the scene, on the 1500 block of Timberland Drive.

Lufkin Police escorted a man out of the KETX/KLSN building at around 11:30 a.m., then another out of the American Auto Sales building, across the street.

One blue Chevy truck was towed from the scene.

An undercover police officer said five people, Sergio Lazaro, Sonia Salazara, Jose Alfredo Santiago, Jose Luis Carpio and Delfino Jose Garcia were taken into custody. Two of them, Lazaro and Salazara have been booked into the jail and are charged with delivery of a controlled substance.

A few miles away, a morning raid at a home on the 1300 block of Avalon Street left neighbors confused about what's going on next door. Several neighbors witnessed the raid.

"I was surprised after seeing it and everything this close to home, but they was just loading up vehicles and going in and out of the house and the front door was open," said Yvonne Allen, neighbor."

"I really didn't know what they were looking for, but after I seen the narcotic dogs come out well I said they must be looking for drugs," said Billy King Shephard, neighbor.

The officer said a large amount of cocaine was confiscated from the home. Lazaro was arrested on the scene. Neighbors said it makes sense.

"There was a lot of cars in and out all the time," said Allen.

"The only traffic I've ever seen was the cars they bring in down there, the trucks and cars on the flat bed trucks," said Shephard. "I was thinking they were wrecked cars or something they were doing different things with."

Local authorities refused to comment on the case, and referred us to the lead investigators, the U.S. Attorney's Office. A spokesperson there, would not comment until the case is presented to a grand jury. Leaving neighbors with more questions than answers.

"It's so hard to know what's going on in between these windows and doors," said Allen.

As this story develops, we'll update you on these arrests and the investigation.

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