Arrests near Lufkin restaurant part of federal drug trafficking sting

Arrests near Lufkin restaurant part of federal drug trafficking sting
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - U.S. Attorney John M Bales announced Wednesday that five people were arrested following a "lengthy investigation" into drug trafficking. Some of those individuals were taken into custody near Lufkin's Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant Tuesday afternoon.

"On July 14, 2015, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies began executing federal arrest warrants for defendants indicted following a two year investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere," a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office stated. "The agencies also executed three search warrants in Diboll and one in Lufkin."

A federal grand jury returned two separate indictments on July 1. In all, 10 people were charged with federal drug and firearm violations, the press release stated. Of those, five were arrested on July 14. Some of those suspects were taken into custody in a parking lot near Buffalo Wild Wings.

Davilyn Watson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Beaumont, confirmed that none of the suspects taken into custody near the restaurant worked there. She said she didn't know if they were customers.

The suspects who are in custody at this time include:

  • Ruben Enriquez, 42 of Diboll, Texas
  • Agustin Enriquez, 48 of Diboll, Texas
  • Alonso Enriquez, 33 of Diboll, Texas
  • Jorge Enriquez, 33, of Lufkin, Texas
  • Douglas Wayne Williams, 40 of Lufkin, Texas

As a result of the operation, law enforcement officers seized eight guns, about 26 pounds of methamphetamine, $20,000 in cash, and eight vehicles. At this time, the remaining five suspects are still being sought by authorities.

"According to the first indictment, beginning in 2013, Ruben Enriquez, Agustin Enriquez, Alonso Enriquez, and Jorge Enriquez are alleged to have conspired with each other and others to possess with the intent to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine," the press release stated. "Nine of the defendants are charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. One defendant is charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime."

In addition, according to the second indictment, Williams is alleged to have "possessed with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime."

If convicted of the drug conspiracy charges, the suspects face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison.  If convicted of the drug possession charges, Williams faces a minimum of five years and up to 40 years in federal prison. Plus, the weapons violations carry sentences of at least five years in prison, according to the press release.

"The indictments also seek forfeiture of any property used to commit or facilitate the crimes or derived from proceeds of the conspiracy," the press release stated.

The cases are being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Texas Department of Public Safety – Criminal Investigation Division. The U.S. Marshals Service, DEA Aviation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Department of Public Safety-Highway Patrol Division, Texas Department of Public Safety-Aircraft Division, Angelina County Constable Precinct 1 and Precinct 4, Angelina County Sheriff's Office, Lufkin Police Department, Diboll Police Department, Houston Police Department, Conroe Police Department and the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office assisted in the execution of the arrest warrants and search warrants in the Eastern District of Texas.  The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Gaston.

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