Narcotics officers bust suspected Angelina Co. meth lab, find explosives

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County drug raid late Thursday night uncovered what deputies believe are explosives.

Multiple law enforcement agencies raided a house on FM 1819 just about a mile off of Hwy 7 in the Redtown area.

In the bust, narcotics officers uncovered a large methamphetamine lab and about 15 shotguns and rifles. Sgt. Sergio Luna, a former Marine combat engineer, discovered what he thought was a C-4, a type of high explosive. Deputies immediately contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

KTRE has called ATF, but is waiting on a response from the federal agency regarding the investigation.

Raymond Bell lives at the home and plans to turn himself in to authorities Friday morning, according to Sgt. Allen Hill with the narcotics division of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.

Larry Flournoy was arrested on the scene. Hill said they believe Bell and Flournoy are the only two suspects in this case.

"Pretty sure they were dealing, can't prove that, but it will be a manufacture beyond any doubt," said Hill.

Hill said they plan to charge both men for possession of certain chemicals with the intent to manufacture. The degree of the charge will depend on how much meth and chemicals are found in the home.

"You keep on eventually you're going to get caught, you know, that's the deal," said Hill. "If you're going to cook this stuff, you may get away with it for years, but eventually we're going to catch you. It's a matter of time and it's time to quit. Find another business to get into. We're going to find out who you are, chances are we know who you are already. It's just a matter of time before we show up at your house, so stop."

The bust is a result of a year-long investigation between the Angelina and Trinity County Sheriff's Offices, the Department of Public Safety narcotics unit, and Constable Pct. 2 Trae Trevathan.

"We work together," said Hill. "We work with all different counties' narcotics units. You know, we're always in communication with them and other counties."

Narcotics officers fielded rumors and tips about the lab, but Thursday got a warrant to search the house.

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