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Diboll police closing in on final suspects from a major 2010 drug bust

Michael Jones, Mugshot Courtesy: Angelina Co. Jail Michael Jones, Mugshot Courtesy: Angelina Co. Jail
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DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) – Four more drug suspects to go, now that another arrest has been made in an ongoing 2010 drug bust.

Another suspect was arrested Thursday afternoon for one count of delivery of a controlled substance.  Brandon Taylor's bond was set at $5,000.

Detectives were back serving warrants Thursday morning.  Michael Jones, 55, was one of the suspects caught.  Jones was charged with four counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance in a drug free zone.  He was arrested in the 700 block of Willie D. Jones Street in Diboll about 9:30 Wednesday night. 

Then shortly after midnight Thursday morning police caught up with Torrence Watkins, 33, in the 700 block of Willie D. Jones Street.  Watkins was arrested and charged with four counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance in a drug free zone.  His bonds total $8,000.

These arrests are part of a sting operation conducted by Diboll PD using informants to buy drugs from suspected dealers.  Many of those drug buys were made in or near a school zone, daycare, or park, which enhances the charge.

Diboll does not have a dedicated narcotics unit and must include drug investigations within their normal course of business.

Detective Norman Williams said it is just a start. 

Starting Wednesday morning, police served an arrest warrant for Armando Delacruz, 22, for Delivery of a Controlled Substance in a drug free zone.  Zachary Ipoc, 17, was arrested for Delivery of Marijuana in a drug free zone (state jail felony).  Chasidy Rangel, 34, was arrested for Delivery of Marijuana in a drug free zone (state jail felony).  And, Abel Munoz, 20, was arrested on three counts of Delivery of Marijuana (state jail felony).

Earlier on Wednesday, Diboll police snagged two more suspects from the ongoing 2010 drug investigation involving 16 defendants on multiple counts of delivery of a controlled substance and drug use charges.

One warrant was for Cedric Edwards.  Edwards is charged with seven counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of Delivery of Marijuana in a drug free zone.  He was arrested about 9:45 Wednesday morning in the 300 block of Avalon Street in Diboll.  Bonds totaling $55,000 were set by Judge Esther Crager Barger, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5.

Another warrant was for Jose Luna.  Luna is charged with three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance in a drug free zone.  He was arrested Wednesday morning about 8:30 near the intersection of Maynard and Nelson Streets in Diboll.  He had bonds totaling $24,000, set by Judge Barger.

These latest arrests are part of an ongoing drug investigation dating back to last year, involving 16 suspects and 30 warrants.  Detective Williams said they have four more suspects to roundup in connection with this investigation.

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