Lufkin PD: 2 men arrested for dealing drugs near park

Lufkin PD: 2 men arrested for dealing drugs near park
Jerone Jones (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Jerone Jones (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Jason Wood (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Jason Wood (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - The Lufkin Police Special Services Division Street Crimes Unit arrested two Lufkin men Tuesday night on allegations of dealing crack cocaine and marijuana from a home on Culverhouse Street near Brandon Park.

It was just after 11 p.m. Tuesday night, The Adair family was watching TV, that's until they heard banging outside.

"Mama they doing a bust over there. We jumped up and went out the door. We were just standing there like 'Oh my God," said Vinesha and Cynthia Adair, who live across from the home busted.

A sight they say they’ve never witnessed, officers with Lufkin PD’s Special Services Division Street Crimes Unit’ had this home in the 1500 block of Culverhouse Street surrounded.

"We thought it was next door and it kind of scared us. We thought somebody was beating on the backdoor then I looked outside and it was a bust," Adair said.

The two behind all the commotion, 37-year-old Jerone Jones and 34-year-old Jason Wood.

Lufkin Police barged in on those two in the home's living room along finding an undisclosed amount of cash, a crack cocaine cookie and a few marijuana dime-bags.

A scene almost synonymous when some folks think of Lufkin's northside. A mindset Councilman Victor Travis and a new group Impact Lufkin are hoping to change.

“And it’s slowly, slowly changing. We’re getting new housing in, and we’re getting new businesses in. It’s just going to take a little time,” said Councilman Victor Travis, Ward 1.

Time, sometime Travis says people living in the area will need to give the new initiatives to work.

“That’s one of the things they’ll have to do is participate in meetings and come to the meetings and learn what’s going on and what we need to do to make our neighborhood a better neighborhood,” Adair said. 

A side-by-side ATV reported stolen out of Pasadena was also found outside the home. The investigation into activities at the home is ongoing, according to Special Services Division Sgt. Travis Strickland.

"These guys set up shop a city block from Brandon Park which is why the charges are enhanced for selling narcotics in a Drug Free Zone," Strickland said. "When they move their illegal operations close to where our children either play or go to school, this becomes an automatic priority for the Special Services Division, the Patrol Division and the police department as a whole."

A few witnesses in the area attempted to harass and confront the officers over the arrests, Strickland said.

"Rest assured that officers know that these subjects are the very small majority of subjects living in the neighborhood," Strickland said. "The rest of the homeowners, citizens and neighbors are sick and tired of these subjects poisoning their community."

Jones is charged with delivery of crack cocaine and possession of marijuana, while Wood is charged with delivery of marijuana in a drug-free zone, delivery of crack cocaine and possession of marijuana. Jones also had a warrant for failure to pay child support.

To report drug activity in your neighborhood, call the Department's non-emergency number at 633-0356.

The next volunteer opportunity will be a Community Cleanup this Saturday, April 23 at 8 a.m. Groups will meet at Winston Park. For more information, contact Councilman Robert Shankle at (936) 635-8195.

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