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Trinity County drug raid results in 3 arrests, seizure of meth, guns, ammo, suppressors

John Hartman (Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office) John Hartman (Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office)
Zachary Kapel (Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office) Zachary Kapel (Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office)
Ra'Chel Waltman (Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office) Ra'Chel Waltman (Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office)
Source:KTRE Staff Source:KTRE Staff
TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people on numerous felony drug charges and seized a “substantial" amount of meth, drug paraphernalia guns, ammunition, and homemade suppressors for some of the guns.

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office posted a video about the drug raid on a mobile home in the Hog Heaven community on its Facebook page early Tuesday morning.

“Any buyers out there that like to come here, just know that we do have your names from these individuals,” TCSO Deputy Jeremy Alexander said in the video. “We will come for you, and you will be arrested. We take meth very seriously in this county.”

John Michael Hartman, 31, was arrested for second-degree felony delivery of a controlled substance, third-degree felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, third-degree felony prohibited weapon, and state-jail felony delivery of a controlled substance.

Zachary Joseph Kapel, 29, was arrested and charged with second-degree felony delivery of a controlled substance, third-degree prohibited weapon, third-degree felony deadly conduct, and state-jail felony delivery of a controlled substance.

Ra’Chel Waltman, 22, was arrested and charged with second-degree felony delivery of a controlled substance, state-jail felony delivery of a controlled substance, and Class A misdemeanor failure to identify.

Officials believe these the three arrested were under the influence of drugs.

Among the arrested Zachary Kapel was alleged seen shooting at—what meth addict’s call- Treeple.

“People in trees that aren’t really there,” Trinity County Sheriff, Woody Wallace said. “They’re paranoid and they see things or hallucinate. The state of paranoia that these people were in is pretty frightening and dangerous. Especially when you have firearms involved.

“He was showing me a pistol, he said there were two or three guys in the back trying to mess with his stuff,” Hog Heaven resident, Jonathan Aarons said.

In the video, TCSO Deputy Jeremy Alexander explained that they checked out a tip that people at the home were selling drugs to residents of Trinity County. He also said that when they arrived on the scene, they found a meth smoking pipe within plain view on the home’s front porch.

At that point, the TCSO deputies got permission from the property’s owner to search the premises. Alexander said they found a “substantial” amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, the kind of plastic baggies used for the distribution of drugs, guns, a large amount of ammunition, and homemade suppressors for some of the guns, which made them prohibited weapons.

The TCSO deputy also said the sheriff’s office will be seizing the property, the home, everything inside the home including the guns, and a vehicle that was found on the property.

Speaking to the drug buyers in the community, Alexander said, “Do not come back here. If we catch you here, you are going to jail for criminal trespass and tampering with evidence because there’s still some evidence inside that home.”

“My suggestion is if you’re selling or buying dope here in Hog Heaven, you might not want to come down here for quite a while because the heat is on,” added Wallace. “This place has been closed down.”

The three suspects were arrested at the scene and taken to jail.

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