LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Authorities have charged one of the four people arrested as a result of an ongoing K2 investigation by the Lufkin Police Department with engaging in organized criminal activity.
Andrew Darnell Dodd, 34, of Lufkin is still being held in the Angelina County jail on a first-degree felony engaging in organized crime activity charge, two Class C misdemeanor failure to appear charges, and three capias pro fine misdemeanor traffic warrants. No bail amount has been set for his felony charge. Police are currently looking for Dodd's wife, Loreeka Dodd. According to Lufkin Police, once captured, Loreeka will be charged with the same crime as her husband.
According to the arrest affidavit, Andrew Dodd and three other individuals were dealing K2, or synthetic marijuana, from a residence in the 400 block of Locke Alley. Detective's from LPD's Street Crimes Unit started receiving information about a drug trafficking operation based at the house in the 400 block of Locke Alley.
During the investigation, detectives spoke to several anonymous sources and learned that the home on Locke Avenue was only a "trap house" which means that no one actually lived at the residence or slept there at night.
"It was described to officers that the subjects would arrive at the residence, go into the house, and then begin selling narcotics mid-morning or mid-afternoon," the affidavit stated. "They would sell narcotics most of the day, and then once they were either out of product, or it became late in the evening or early morning hours, the subjects would pack up and leave the residence for the night."
According to the affidavit, the traffickers that were selling K2 at the house on Locke Street were doing it for Andrew Dodd. Andrew Dodd allegedly set up the trap house and the dealers to sell his product in order to keep law enforcement away from his main residence on Shady Bend Drive, the affidavit stated.
According to Esmeralda Cortez, traffic on Locke Alley had increased in the recent weeks.
"Cars would be speeding up and down the road just to get to that house," Cortez said. "I couldn't be outside and my kids love to go outside. Every time I passed by the home in the car there would be cars stopping there everyday. They stopped for about 5 minutes. Everyday it would be the same thing."
When detectives with LPD's Street Crimes Unit obtained a search warrant and served it at the house on Locke Avenue, they arrested four people and seized two guns and more than 100 grams of K2. Later, when they interviewed three of the people arrested at the home, they learned that "AD" or "Drew" was the main supplier of the K2, the affidavit stated. "AD" and "Drew" are allegedly some of Andrew Dodd's aliases.
"There were police all up and down the street that night," Cortez said. "It made me feel good to know they were trying to stop this."
In addition, the search of the home on Locke Avenue also turned up a letter from an Angelina County Jail inmate that mention the "trap house" and also pointed to Andrew Dodd being the operation's main K2 supplier, the affidavit stated.
LPD detectives tracked down the owner of the rent house on Locke Avenue and learned that Dodd was the person who was renting the home, the affidavit stated.
Andrew Dodd was arrested in early October when the Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant on his home in the 100 block of Shady Bend Drive. He was initially charged with the five misdemeanor warrants.
Loreeka Dodd, 34, Riley Arnold, 28, and Devantee Ryans, 23, all of Lufkin, were all arrested at the same time as Andrew Dodd. They were all charged with a variety of misdemeanor charges.
Investigators then searched the home and found packets of K2, which appeared to be for personal use, along with evidence that will assist them in an ongoing investigation which began last month, according to Street Crimes Unit Sgt. Travis Strickland.
"Some people are buying the K2 and then mixing things with the chemicals that are already in it to make their own signature style," Strickland said. "Unfortunately there are 19- to 20-year-old people who are living in nursing homes now because of adverse reactions to it."