POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A narcotics investigation in Polk County resulted in three people being arrested on a laundry list of felony charges, the seizure of a "substantial quantity of methamphetamine, and the recovery of items stolen in at least seven burglaries, a stolen truck, and a travel trailer.
"This investigation is still ongoing and more warrants will be issued for the arrests of suspects involved in this case," a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office stated.
All three suspects are still being held in the Polk County Jail.
John Lloyd Frazer, 28, has been charged with seven first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charges, a first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams charge, three third-degree three unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon charges, a state-jail felony unauthorized use of a vehicle charge, and a misdemeanor no seatbelt charge. Collectively, his bail has been set at $352,000.
Dusty Craig Hanson, 22, was charged with seven counts of first-degree engaging in organized criminal activity. His collective bail amount was set at $220,000.
Melissa Renee Vanwinkle, 33, was charged with seven counts of first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity, first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, third-degree felony possession of a firearm by a felon, and a misdemeanor no insurance charge. Collectively, her bail amount was set at $350,000.
According to the press release, PCSO detectives were investigating numerous burglaries which had occurred in the Goodrich area, Acting on tips from the public, the detectives focused their information on a group of travel trailers that had "high traffic in and out" at all hours of the night and was believed to be involved in the sale of illegal narcotics.
The PCSO detectives conducted surveillance on the trailers. On Wednesday, they made a traffic stop on a White Ford Mustang seen leaving that location. Vanwinkle, the driver, was arrested on a no insurance charge. Frazer, the passenger, was arrested on a no seatbelt charge.
When the PCSO detectives went to the trailers and found Hanson there, the press release stated. While they were there, they noticed a truck that appeared to have been freshly spray-painted.
"A check of the VIN number showed the truck to be stolen out of Montgomery Co.," the press release stated. "Identification belonging to Frazer was located inside the truck and property from one of the burglaries was located inside the truck as well."
After the detectives confronted Hanson with the evidence they had found, he allegedly admitted that one of the travel trailers, a Heartland Prowler, was also stolen. When the PCSO detectives ran the travel trailer's VIN, they confirmed that fact, the press release stated.
Hanson told the deputies that he and several others had pawned most of the property from the burglaries, the press release stated. He also allegedly told them some of the weapons from the burglaries were inside the trailer.
At that point, the PCSO deputies got a search warrant. A search of the stolen travel trailer turned up a "substantial quantity of methamphetamine" and several pieces of property that had been reported stolen in the Goodrich burglaries.
"Sheriff [Kenneth] Hammack would like to thank the public for continuing to come forward with information regarding illegal activity and reporting it to the Sheriff's Office," the press release stated. "Sheriff Hammack urges all Polk County Citizens to record serial and model numbers of anything of value and the items that do not have either, to take photographs and keep this information in a safe/secure place."
The press release stated that although it is not always possible to recover all of the items stolen in thefts and burglaries, the recording of serial numbers and photographs helped PCSO detectives recover about 85 percent of the stolen property and helped clear up at least seven burglaries. A stolen truck and travel trailer were recovered as well.