BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Jeff Awtrey - email
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The SFA University Police Department has arrested 19 individuals in connection to an undercover drug investigation the department has conducted for "a very long time," according to Chief Marc Cossich.
The department is in the process of serving four more individuals, Cossich said.
Cossich said the department has conducted the undercover operation for more than a year. Many of the charges have been enhanced, due to where the drug deals occurred in proximity to secondary school campuses.
Cossich said the majority of the suspects are SFA students and the deals occurred in parking lots and other places outside the suspects' homes, which were meeting places to exchange drugs for money.
Most of the charges are for delivery of marijuana, but others are for dealing ecstasy and Xanax, Cossich said.
"None of this would have been possible without the detectives' hard work in the investigation," Cossich said. "They've been working hard and putting in the effort to this investigation. This is a place of education, not drug use. We're just trying to stop it to make it a safe place."
Cossich said once the investigation into these crimes are complete, another will begin.
Officers began making the arrests Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.
Those arrested, as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, were:
Brianica Janell Chambers, 19, of Tyler, for two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Brian Alan Chapman, 22, of Nacogdoches, for delivery of marijuana.
Larry Dean Coleman Jr., 18, of Nacogdoches, for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
Dominique Charles Daniels, 18, of Fort Worth, for possession of marijuana and delivery of marijuana.
Caleb Javon Gatlin, 19, of Beaumont, for delivery of marijuana.
Jeremy Jason Gross, 20, of Nacogdoches, for delivery of marijuana.
Jarod Ryan Hicks, 19, of Houston, for delivery of marijuana and possession of marijuana.
Kimerly Kimmel, 21, for delivery of marijuana.
Shane Bradley Loew, 22, of Nacogdoches, for delivery of marijuana.
Justin Royal Malveaux, 20, of Galveston, for delivery of a controlled substance.
Virtron Jamarc Mitchell, 42, of Nacogdoches, for delivery of marijuana and evading arrest.
Jimmy Raymond Phillips, 23, of Nacogdoches, for delivery of marijuana.
Dominique Quincy Robinson, 21, for delivery of marijuana.
Andrew Allen Santarita, 19, for delivery of marijuana.
Chester Jefferson Session, 30, for possession of controlled substance and tampering with evidence.
Martikia Renee Stokes, 21, of Dallas, of delivery of controlled substance and delivery of marijuana.
Austin Rubin Whitehead, 20, of Nacogdoches, for delivery of marijuana and possession of marijuana.
Cameron McKenzie Young, 20, of Fort Worth, for possession of marijuana.