Authorities make arrests in Nacogdoches Co. drug ring

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - More than 80 federal, state and Nacogdoches County law enforcement officers have arrested eight people in connection to what the sheriff says in a drug distribution network.

According to Sheriff Thomas Kerss, the arrests follow an in-depth two-year long investigation led by the sheriff's office and Drug Enforcement Agency. The investigation focused on targeting the leaders of a major distribution operation.

Kerss said the drug ring was responsible for distributing numerous pounds of cocaine and other drugs within the county each week. Kerss said taking down this network will cripple drug distribution in the area.

Kerss said eight people have been arrested and more arrests are likely.

Kerss said the US Attorney's Office, DEA, ATF, US Marshals Service, ICE, IRS, DPS and Nacogdoches Police also participated in the investigation.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, the following had been booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity:

Rodney Anthony Stevenson, 25, of Nacogdoches.

Darius Deshawn Thorn, 26, of Nacogdoches.

Cedrick Damon Fowler, 29, of Nacogdoches.

Terrance Tremaine Smith, 27, of Nacogdoches.

Anthony Fowler, 27, of Nacogdoches.

Savalas Deckard, 26, of Nacogdoches.

Kerry Griffin, 44, of Nacogdoches.

Elmore Thacker, 55, of Alto.

All but Thacker are charged with organized crime. Thacker has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

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