NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Ongoing investigations into the distribution of methamphetamine by Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office narcotics deputies over the course of the past week resulted in seven arrests.
According to a press release, NCSO deputies got consent to search a residence on County Road 137 on April 30. During the search, the deputies allegedly located 39 grams of crystal meth inside a safe.
James Wright, 58, and Samantha Simpson, 42, both of Garrison, were arrested at the scene. Both of the suspects were arrested for possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, which is a third-degree felony. Simpson was also charged with motion to revoke probation, a third-degree felony. No bond amounts were available for either suspect.
Two of the arrests occurred after deputies conducted a traffic stop on CR 136 on May 1. During the traffic stop, the deputies observed the suspects in the vehicle throw something out the window. The press release stated the deputies retrieved 5 grams of meth that was thrown from the vehicle.
The CR 136 traffic stop resulted in the arrests of Patrick Jernigan, 25, and Katie Barrett, 19, both of Nacogdoches. Jernigan was charged with possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, tampering with physical evidence, four counts of bail jumping/failure to appear, and four warrants from another magistrate. Barrett was charged with possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams and tampering with physical evidence.
Collectively Jernigan's bail was set at $42,500, and Barrett's bail was set at $40,000.
On May 2, NCSO deputies conducted a consensual search of a home in the Sleepy Hollow subdivision in the Etoile area. The deputies found Kristopher Lalonde, 40, of Etoile in possession of 1 gram of crystal meth, the press release stated.
Deputies arrested John Paul Hicks, 31, of Alto, on May 2. During the investigation, Hicks allegedly met with undercover detectives in Douglass and attempted to buy meth. Hicks was charged with possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, and his bail was set at $25,000.
Ricky Eugene Sowell Jr., 30, of Nacogdoches, was arrested on May 1 after NCSO deputies acted on a tip and searched a residence on Weldon Drive. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams. Collectively, his bail was set at $75,000.
"Investigators found evidence at the residence that directly linked [Sowell] to methamphetamine and methamphetamine sales," the press release stated. "Deputies had recovered a large amount of methamphetamine at another residence where deputies found additional evidence that linked both suspects together."