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Diboll Police arrest 12th suspect in drug investigation

Andris Cook mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail. Andris Cook mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Brandan Lovell is a detective with the Diboll Police Department. Brandan Lovell is a detective with the Diboll Police Department.
DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) -

Diboll Police have arrested the 12th suspect in connection to an undercover drug investigation which began in 2010.

Andris Kamal Cook, 34, of Diboll, is charged with five counts of delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.

Officers arrested Cook Tuesday night after learning of his location.

"We're going to do the best we can and do our jobs and make it difficult for the individuals to sell their drugs," Det. Brandan Lovell said. "We don't want to be known as the city who has drug dealers on every corner."

Their undercover drug investigation started in early 2010.

In the past few days a dozen people from 15 to 55 years old have been arrested in connection with the drug ring.

"Nobody is going to be able to stop the sale of narcotics in their city," Lovell said. "It's just doing the best you can with what you've got to work with."

Lovell is working with about 15 other officers, but with no dedicated narcotics unit. Detectives spend their down time cleaning up the drug scene.

"We want to better our reputation," Lovell said. "We want to be able to let the citizens be proud of their police department."

The successful sting comes just months after the department's police chief resigned following criminal charges and an officer resigned after making a questionable traffic stop.

"We've had some bad publicity and I mean that's anywhere and we're here and we're going to continue to be the best police force we can," Lovell said.

Since police say most of the buys were made within a thousand feet of either Walter Allen Park or just across the street near Temple Elementary, the charges are enhanced.

"We've got kids in the area watching this going on and think it's a way of life," Lovell said.

They're still looking for a few suspects in this sting, but say they've made a huge dent to slow a major drug problem.

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