NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County constable is serving 23 drug warrants Monday following what he said has been a yearlong investigation into drug activity in his precinct.
All but one of the warrants is for delivery of a controlled substance.
Pct. 4 Constable began his morning in Nacogdoches at 8:45 a.m. His warrant sweep is taking him to many jurisdictions, but all of the sales originated in his precinct.
Among the alleged offenders on his list is Segile Allen Cunningham, 50, of Nacogdoches, who is already in trouble with pending charges for theft by check and keeping an illegal gambling place.
Bridges confirmed that Shelby County Sheriff Newton Johnson's daughter, Amy Johnson, was also arrested on a delivery charge.
The routine begins much the same at each location when a drug warrant is served.
What follows can change in a second. So officers remain calm, but alert, just like Bridges.
"For the last year the constable's office, Precinct 4 has been working on a methamphetamine conspiracy case," Bridges said. "It's consisted of 23 defendants and 34 warrants."
The constable caught these two shooting up in a closed bathroom. Drug paraphernalia, including a needle and pills, were confiscated.
"A common place for them to hide it is in the brim of their hat or in their mouth," Bridges said.
"A lot of them had different suppliers, but what we're finding is that on the local level that 90 percent of them all knew one another," Bridges said. "They're all in each other's phones."
"Each person on this list comes from different jurisdictions, including out-of-state," Bridges said. "That goes to show you drug violators certainly have no boundaries."
One man told his roommate he was clean of drugs. Perhaps, says Bridges.
"And they go through a cycle," Bridges said. "They want to be clean because of what the drug does to them. It tears them apart. They get mad about it. They want to come off it, but it's such an addiction without help it's hard for 'em to do."
By mid-afternoon, about half the warrants had been served. Bridges says the ones he didn't arrest will be found on another day.
Authorities are attempting to serve warrants on the following individuals:
Travis Austin Bailey, 24, Nacogdoches.
William Alexander Barr, 51, Nacogdoches.
Glenn Edward Burks, 51, Etoile.
Heather N. Coday, 24, Virginia.
Segile Allen Cunningham, 50, Nacogdoches.
Reba Gerbon, 37, Nacogdoches.
Ruston Christopher Grady, 23, Nacogdoches.
Leonard Thomas Grissom II, 32, Lufkin.
John Elvin Hicks Jr., 37, Nacogdoches.
Amy Johnson, Nacogdoches.
Ricky Glenn Johnson Jr., 28, Nacogdoches.
Randy Allen Jordan, 41, Nacogdoches.
Brandon Fontelle Lewis, 28, Pollok.
Brooke LeAnn Penney, 26, Nacogdoches.
John Henry Reasonover, 28, Alto.
Jacky Ray Ross, 24, Lufkin.
Rhonda Wright Sitton, 50, Garrison.
Sheila McCarty Sowell, 44, Nacogdoches.
Ryan Michael Thompson, 33, Nacogdoches.
Latasha Faye Tramel, 28, Alto.
Billy Shane White, 40, Mt. Enterprise.
Derrick LaMarc Wyatt, 26, Nacogdoches.
Roderick Darnell Yarbrough, 34, Ft. Worth.