TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - A Montgomery woman faces up to a life sentence for drug dealing following an undercover operation by the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, Trinity Police and the Pct. 2 and 3 Constable's office.
"We received some information that April Grotton had been coming up here for some time to the Trinity/Groveton area selling methamphetamines so when we had the information we started putting our informants together and talking to different people and built up a case that fortunately lead us to taking her down today," said Chief of Police Steve Jones.
April Grotton, 38, is charged with first-degree delivery of a contolled substance. Jones said Grotton confessed to trying to complete eight deals on Monday.
The bust was conducted by Jones, Sheriff Woody Wallace, Pct. 2 constable Carl Casey, and Pct. 3 constable Mark Cole, as well as many others. Jones said the agencies have been working together to bust meth dealers in Trinity and Groveton and they made a bust around 3:30 p.m. Monday.
"In the last couple of weeks we'd been working on a small group and she's just one of that small group that we want to continue to work with. Some people are working with us and making things successful," Jones said.
The bust included more than $900 worth of meth, two capsules of Ecstacy, two bags of marijuana, two "lollipops" of MDMA, which is a form of Ecstacy, mixed with marijuana, and postage stamps laced with what officers believe to be LSD.
"I feel good. I feel good that law enforcement has come together in Trinity County and that we are successfully able to work together and put buys together like this and send a signal out to the drug dealers that even if you deliver it here, we're going to catch you," Wallace said.
On Sunday, Jones said the sheriff's office got a tip that there would be a dealer in the area coming from Montgomery. Around 1 p.m. Monday, they sent an undercover officer to meet the suspected dealer. By 3 p.m., the police department and sheriff's office confiscated the drugs and a 2012 Nissan Versa they believe to be a rental car.
"From here we are going to send off everything to the lab. We have to process it here and we'll send it off to our DPS lab. We will take it, present all our information to the district attorney, take it to the grand jury and hopefully see what the courts are going to do," Jones said.
Wallace says it's a good thing the local law enforcement is teaming up because it will lead to larger arrests.
"It's shared intelligence. You've got to share as much information as possible and when we hear little bits in one part of the county and the chief hears a little bit here in the city, we put all that together," Wallace said. "I would suggest all drug dealers to stay away from (Trinity County). Those that live here need to leave and those that come here better think twice."
Jones says there was another female in the car with Grotton at the time of her arrest, but right now the other female is just a suspect as they investigate further into how she might be involved.