ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A two-year investigation has led to the arrest of one of East Texas' most prolific meth cooks, according to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.
A law enforcement team conducted the raid Thursday morning on FM 842 and arrested David Arthur Dunman Jr., 51, of Lufkin.
Sgt. Allen Hill said Dunman had an active lab in his home, with 20 to 30 grams of finished meth, 40 to 50 grams of liquid meth, a half-pound of marijuana and 15 to 20 guns. He said federal authorities were called to the scene and federal charges may be pursued.
For now, Hill said Dunman will be charged with possession of certain chemicals with intent to manufacture and possession of a controlled substance.
"This is one of the bigger cooks," said Hill. "He makes a lot of dope, it was a good lick...They're all important, but he does put a lot of drugs on the street."
Hill said Dunman is one of the more prolific meth cooks in the area, and makes between $30,000 and $50,000 a month on the drug.
"It's everywhere," explained Hill. "If the local meth users and cooks aren't using it, they're going to get it somewhere."
Since January, the Sheriff's narcotics unit alone, has investigated 59 drug cases, many of those involved meth.
"Meth, to me, is one of the worst drugs there, just what it does to you, how it deteriorates your body, how violent it makes you," Hill explained.
Hill said the 51-year-old admitted they were his narcotics.
His arrest is a reflection of a bigger problem, one that Hill said is here to stay.
"It's like a fire, it's going to burn if you let it go and get bigger, so you try to keep it contained best you can and I mean, we're making a difference," said Hill. "Meth is getting more expensive, it's getting harder to find. If we can save four or five people a year, get them off of it, then we've made a difference. If we can get four or five kids from ever starting to use it, then we've made a difference."
Dunman was arrested without incident. A woman also at the home was allowed to leave.