Nacogdoches insurance agent busted for drugs

Published: Apr. 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM CDT
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Bradley Fontenot. (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail.)
Bradley Fontenot. (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail.)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Police have arrested an insurance agent who is charged as part of a neighborhood drug network.

Sgt. Greg Sowell said Bradley Allen Fontenot, 33, of Nacogdoches, turned himself into police at approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. He is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and accused of having cocaine and GHB (commonly referred to as the date rape drug).

Sowell said the arrest stems from an ongoing investigation of a poly drug distribution network operating mainly within residential neighborhoods.

Sowell said more arrests are expected to be made.

Fontenot advertises his State Farm Insurance agency all over town, but this week the well-known slogan, "Like a Good Neighbor," suddenly takes on a different connotation.

One week earlier Fontenot was confronted at his Spring Creek Drive residence where police say he admitted to possessing usable amounts of crack and powder cocaine and GHB.

"Narcotic transactions can take place, if you think about it, anywhere," Sowell said. "These were operating mainly in residential areas."

As news of Fontenot's arrest spread, concerned customers began calling his agency located at West College and North Street.

A State Farm public affairs spokesman stated, "We're sad to hear the news and will fully cooperate with the investigation. State Farm hasn't been contacted by authorities yet, but if we are we will fully cooperate."

"This investigation has been going on for several months and we anticipate it to continue," Sowell said.

Fontenot's Facebook page indicates he studied at Northwestern State in Louisiana where he played baseball. His wife, Jamie Rodriguez, also works for State Farm. Court records show the couple filed for a divorce on Feb. 17. A housekeeper said the home they once occupied is now up for sale.

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