Man Arraigned on Drug Trafficking Charges

A suspected drug dealer made his initial appearance in federal court Wednesday in Beaumont.   Antonio Alvares is one of 20 alleged gang members arrested in what was called 'Operation Kings Court'.

Alvares and seven other suspects have each entered a 'not guilty' plea. Authorities arrested all of them in a drug trafficking sting that lasted four years.

The suspects are from Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and Diboll. The investigation targeted people believed to be distributing large amounts of cocaine and marijuana.

Alvares has another court date set for August 7th.