SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Following a months-long investigation into a string of burglaries, Shelby County Sheriff's Office deputies executed multiple search warrants and arrested six people on April 19.
The sheriff's office also seized methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription pills and recovered numerous items of stolen property, according to a press release.
"Execution of the search warrants uncovered a multitude of stolen property, including power tools, firearms, hunting and fishing equipment, electronics and numerous other items," a press release stated. "Marijuana, prescription pills, and 46+ grams of methamphetamines were also found at a location, along with $5,600 in currency."
The arrests and charges included:
- Bruce Cohoon, 39, of Joaquin - third-degree felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and Class A misdemeanor tampering with identification numbers ($20,000 collective bail)
- James Cody Fleming, 34, of Center - first-degree felony manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, third-degree felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and violation of parole ($65,000 collective bond)
- James Melvin Fleming, 64, of Center - third-degree felony prohibited weapon and Class A tampering with identification numbers ($20,000 collective bond)
- Lillian Jernigan, 19, of Center - first-degree felony manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance ($50,000 bond)
- Stephen McCoy, 24, of Joaquin - violation of probation (No bond)
- Rebecca Simmonds, 21, of Center, state-jail felony abandoning or endangering a child, state-jail felony possession of a controlled substance, Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana ($24,500 collective bail)
All six suspects were arrested without incident, and they are still being held in the Shelby County Jail.
"Officers involved in the search warrants included Sheriff Willis Blackwell, Chief deputy Kevin Windham, Lieutenant Del Birdwell investigators Chad Brown, Mandy Fears, and Adam Renfro, SCSO deputies Ruth Gonzales, Jordan Long, Jim Ed Matthews, Roy Bailey, and Taylor Fanguy," the press release stated.
In the press release, Blackwell also thanked Texas Department of Public Safety troopers Taylor Buster and Jessie Fountain, Constable Zack Warr and Shelby County District Attorney Investigator Joey Haley for their help in executing the search warrants.