LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After recent drug cases in court, District Judge Bob Inslemann is teaming with law enforcement to tackle what he calls a growing drug problem.
Last September, the murder trial of Tommy Grager was declared a mistrial after the the jury was deadlock in their decision. After the ruiling, Inselmann addressed the crowd in the court room about his concern.
"Zavalla can be better than it is right now," Inselmann said. "Y'all know, and I know, there is a serious drug problem, and some of y'all are a part of the problem. In Zavalla, and our county, and our state."
Inselmann said he believes the majority of the cases he sees have a drug element to them.
"We estimated about 90 percent of these cases have something to do with drugs and alcohol abuse," Inselmann said. "Even if you have a murder case. Yes there is a murder involved but usually the underlying problem is drugs.""
Inselmann is teaming up with Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches and Zavalla Police Chief Stefani Wade to address the concern.
"I think a lot of it is manpower and bringing awareness to the community," Inselmann said.
The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. inside the cafeteria of Zavalla Elementary School.