NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Yet another arrest has been made as a result of an ongoing Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office investigation into a possible organized crime ring that involved burglaries and drugs.
Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department arrested Samuel Davis Hale, 26, early Thursday morning and charged him with engaging in organized criminal activity, which is a third-degree felony. Hale, of Nacogdoches, is still being held in the county jail. No bail has been set at this time.
According to the arrest affidavit, on Feb. 17, NCSO deputies took a report from a man who told them someone had stolen his Arctic Cat 4-wheeler from his deer lease off of County Road 166 in Garrison. Later, NCSO deputies allegedly located the 4-wheeler at Hale's home in the 200 block of Muller Street in Nacogdoches.
Further investigation revealed that Hale bought the ATV from Thomas Stroud, one of the primary suspects in the NCSO's investigation of the possible organized crime ring, after Rickey Spurr, another main suspect in the case, asked Stroud for help in selling the four-wheeler.
'The asking price for the 4-wheeler was $600, which is considerably less than its value," the arrest affidavit stated.
The affidavit went on to say another suspect in the ongoing investigation, Quentin Bell, brokered the sale of the four-wheeler and received the payment.
The three arrests Monday were the latest in a string of connected arrests by the NCSO. In all, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office has arrested a total of 16 suspects as part of an ongoing investigation into a possible organized crime ring. In the process, they have also seized a large amount of methamphetamine and have recovered about $10,000 in stolen property.
According to a previous story, the investigation started on April 2, when NCSO investigators started looking into a string of burglaries that occurred in Nacogdoches County. Their primary focus was the more recent burglaries that occurred in the Melrose area.
Bridges said the Nacogdoches County District Attorney's Office has been working closely with the NCSO in working toward a possible organized criminal activity case.