LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A joint effort by the Lufkin Police Department's Street Crimes Unit and Special Response Team to execute a search warrant at a residence in the 400 block of Martin Luther King Drive resulted in two drug arrests Thursday.
Brett Wade Taliaferro, 21, and Desiree Christina Cole, 20, both of Lufkin, are still being held in the Angelina County. No bail amounts have been set for either suspect at this time.
Cole and Taliaferro were charged with first-degree felony manufacture of a controlled substance between 4 and 400 grams, second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, and state-jail felony manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. Taliaferro was also charged with an outstanding Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury charge.
The two suspects' drug charges were all upgraded because the home is located in a school zone. It is located across from Lufkin ISD"s Garrett Primary School campus.
"Building a criminal case on the distribution of narcotics takes time, but when subjects are trafficking narcotics so close to where our children go to school, that location becomes a primary focus for investigation and takes priority over other active cases," said Sgt. Travis Strickland with the Lufkin Police Department."
According to a press release, detectives with LPD's Special Services Division, or the Street Crimes Unit, got a search warrant for a home in the 400 block of Martin Luther King Drive on Thursday. The detectives had been investigating the residence for ongoing drug trafficking.
LPD's Special Response Team helped with the execution of the search warrant. Members of the team initially detained three people from the home, and Taliaferro and Cole were arrested and taken to the county jail.
During the search of the home, officers found LSD, powder cocaine, synthetic marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and several weapons, the press release stated.
Strickland said that Taliaferro is well-known to Street Crime Unit detectives. The SSU arrested Taliafaerro back in October on an active arrest warrant for third-degree felony deadly conduct for his part in a shooting that occurred at Taliaferro's previous address, the press release stated.
Strickland said that Taliaferro was out on bail for the previous arrest when he was arrested Thursday.