Angelina deputies arrest 1 in pot bust

John Lumpkin mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
John Lumpkin mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's deputies had to beware of dog during a drug raid Thursday morning, which netted one arrest.

According to Inv. Tom Matthews, a team raided a home on the 100 block of Anthony Drive and arrested John Robert Lumpkin, 37, at his residence on three counts of delivery of marijuana at about 9 a.m.

Deputies threw a device through a window in order to distract a pit bulldog. Once inside the residence, Matthews said Lumpkin was cooperative and deputies found a pound of marijuana, $365 and a 25-caliber handgun in a safe near the bedroom.

Matthews said undercover officers had bought marijuana three times from Lumpkin, which they used to obtain a warrant for the three counts, which is a state jail felony.

"Some people say well, that's just marijuana, it's still a felony charge, it ruins your record and people need to consider that," said Matthews.  "Marijuana is not just, you smoking it doesn't do any harm to you because it does do harm to you. It alters your sense and your perception of things."

Deputies also confiscated a scale and police scanner inside the residence.

Employees with animal control apprehended the dog, but returned it to Lumpkin's girlfriend after the raid was complete, Matthews said. His girlfriend was at the house at the time of the raid but was not arrested.

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