LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin PD officers arrested a man and a woman from Houston on felony drug charges Friday in connection to allegations that they made drugs deals involving almost 20 pounds of marijuana and almost 132 grams of cocaine on two separate occasions.
Maria Arabela Escobar, 52, Erasmo Cantu Hernandez, 56, both of Houston, are still being held in the Angelina County Jail. They were both charged with first-degree manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams and second-degree delivery of marijuana between 5 and 50 pounds, and state-jail felony delivery of marijuana.
No bail amounts have been set for any of their charges.
The arrests stem from a joint narcotics investigation that involved the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety's Criminal Investigation Division, and the Lufkin Police Department.
According to an arrest affidavit, the law enforcement officers that worked the case learned of a drug deal that went down in the spring of 2016. Escobar and Hernandez allegedly met with an individual at a location in Lufkin and sold the person a bag containing a substance believed to be marijuana that was later seized as evidence.
The DPS Crime Laboratory in Tyler confirmed that the bag contained 19.90 pounds of marijuana.On another day in the spring of 2016, Escobar and Hernandez made a separate drug deal, the affidavit stated. The Houston man and woman sold an individual a grocery sack with a substance believed to be cocaine wrapped up inside it.
The DPS Crime Lab in Tyler did an analysis of the substance after it was processed as evidence and confirmed that it was 131.68 grams of cocaine.