Lufkin woman among 27 charged in East Texas drug trafficking organization

Penny King (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Penny King (Source: Angelina County Jail)

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman is among 27 people indicted in a multiple-county drug bust.

The arrests were announced Wednesday during a press conference. Multiple agencies collaborated on the investigation.

A combined task force of federal, state and East Texas law enforcement began executing the arrest warrants this week. According to the indictment, beginning in July 2014, the defendants conspired to distribute at least 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Jacksonville and Cherokee County area. Agents conducted about 40 controlled buys of more than $65,000 worth of methamphetamine.

Penny Ann King, 41, was one those indicted.

The effort is part of the Safe Streets, East Texas Gang Initiative. Officers from the FBI, Jacksonville Police Department, and Cherokee County Sheriff's Office are working together in the raid.

The FBI held a press conference at 1:30 p.m.

Witnesses say windows were broken out of a home in the 2000 block of South Jackson Street prior to police entering the residence about 8 a.m.

Officers were also seen about 9 a.m. at a home in the 200 block of Sunset Avenue in Jacksonville. The homes are about two miles apart. Neighbors say they saw agents enter the home and remove evidence.

The following people were arrested in the April 1, 2015 East Texas Drug Trafficking Operation:

1. Jose Luis Servin-Escalera, 32, of Jacksonville, Texas

2. Felipe Gonzales, 31, of Jacksonville, Texas

3. Juan Armando Servin, 28, of Jacksonville, Texas

4. Javier Secara Servin, 39, of Jacksonville, Texas

5. Jose Alfredo Servin, 31, of Jacksonville, Texas

6. Flavio Fernando Balderas, 46, of Jacksonville, Texas

7. Gerardo Servin Escalara, 29, of Jacksonville, Texas

8. Jose Juan Garcia, 32, of Jacksonville, Texas

9. Johnny Ray Johnston, 49, of Jacksonville, Texas

10. Austin Tamas Gipson, 20, of Rusk, Texas

11. Milton Cynell McFarland, 44, of Jacksonville, Texas

12. James Carlos Simms, 33, of Jacksonville, Texas

13. Toyn Bernard McCuin, 29, of Jacksonville, Texas

14. Vandorus Tranode Horn, 35, of Jacksonville, Texas

15. Raul Hernandez, Jr., 25, of Jacksonville, Texas

16. Jessica Lee Wolf, 32, most recently of Bullard, Texas

17. Penny Ann King, 41, of Lufkin, Texas

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