NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Three men turned themselves into the Nacogdoches Police Department Thursday after arrest warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity were issued for them.
The felony charges were in connection to a burglary that occurred at a house in the 200 block of Perry Drive some time on or before Jan. 30. A number of rifles and shotguns were allegedly taken from the residence, and some of the firearms were recovered in the woods behind the home.
"They were all charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, which does not necessarily mean that they were all present when this particular incident occurred," Sgt. Charles Cain, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department, said.
Christian Camacho, 19, Edward James Castellano, 21, and Luis Greardo Maldonado, 17, all of Nacogdoches, were all charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, which is a first-degree felony. Maldonado was also charged with possession of a dangerous drug, which is a Class A misdemeanor.
Cain said that during the burglary, one or more of the suspects entered the house through an unlocked window and took the firearms. Nothing else was taken from the residence, according to Cain.
The complainant reported the firearm theft on Jan. 30. One of the suspects, Maldonado, lives in the 400 block of Perry Drive, the same street where the burglary occurred.
After they turned themselves in, all three suspects were transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail. When they got there, jail deputies allegedly found a small amount of a narcotic called Tramadol hidden in Maldonado's sock.
When asked if the crime could be gang-related, Cain said the case is still under investigation.