BEAUMONT, TX (KTRE) - As part of an ongoing investigation into a meth distribution ring that has been going on for two years, a combined task force of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies executed search warrants in Beaumont, Port Neches, and Silsbee on Tuesday.
The task force arrested five people who were named in an indictment handed down by a federal grand jury on July 12.
The five suspects allegedly trafficked methamphetamine all over southeast Texas, and a Jasper man who was arrested as a result of a drug raid in the Buna area on July 31, was allegedly the ring's distributor in Jasper County, according to Chief Deputy Glenn Blank.
The search warrants were the result of a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Joint Narcotics Task Force, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Beaumont.
"According to the indictment, from March 2017 through December 2017, the defendants were involved in a drug trafficking organization that conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Jefferson, Hardin, and Orange counties," the press release stated.
Those arrested and named in the indictment include Brandon Robinson, 33, of Beaumont, Gedrick Morrissey, 27, of Beaumont, Roshawn Butler, 35, of Silsbee, Rudy Polanco, 44, of Groves, and Jeremy Ross, 35, of Port Neches.
All five of the suspects were charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, which is a federal charge.
The five suspects were scheduled to make their initial appearances in front of U.S. Magistrate Keith F. Giblin Tuesday. If convicted each suspect faces a federal prison sentence of 10 years to life, the press release stated.
"This case is being investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Joint Narcotics Task Force, the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, and the Beaumont Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Rapp.," the press release stated."
The press release stated that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.
A federal charge has also been filed against Joseph Fabela, 40, of Buna. He is currently being held in a federal detention facility in Beaumont on a manufacture or delivery charge.
Fabela was taken into custody during the July 31 drug raid in the Buna area.
On July 31, a Texas Department of Public Safety Special Response Team served search warrants on two homes in the Buna area, and Fabela was taken into custody as a result of that raid.
According to a press release, the drug raid marked the culmination of an investigation that spanned two years. The investigation involved the Jasper County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division, the Jasper Police Department's Narcotics Division, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and DPS' Narcotics Division.
The DPS Special Response Team served warrants on two homes on the property in Buna. During the search, they located "multiple ounces of methamphetamine," weapons, dangerous drugs, morphine, and steroids.
Blank said more arrests are pending in the ongoing investigation.