Authorities arrest 'prolific drug dealer' near Lufkin's Brandon Park
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A joint effort between East Texas law enforcement agencies led to the arrest of a 48-year-old Lufkin man Thursday night on three felony manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance warrants.
When officers searched Edward Charles Stribling's SUV, they found crack cocaine, and because the stop was made near Lufkin's Brandon Park, Stribling was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.
"Stribling is a prolific drug dealer," said Pct. 1 Constable Tom Selman.
Stribling is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a first-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams in a drug-free zone, a second-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, and three third-degree felony charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance less than 1 gram in a drug-free zone.
No bail has been set for any of Stribling's charges.
According to Selman, Stribling had three outstanding delivery warrants out on him from the Texas Department of Public Safety's Narcotics Division, when the Pct. 1 Constable stopped his SUV on Keltys Street just before 7 p.m.
"He was seen rolling on the North side in his Cadillac Escalade SUV, and when he pulled alongside the curb to discharge a passenger on Keltys near North Avenue, I pulled up to his location and made the stop," Selman said.
Another possession of a controlled substance charge was added after authorities searched his residence.
According to the Angelina County Web site, Stribling has been arrested numerous times. His arrest record dates back to 1994, and he has been arrested on a variety of charges including manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, evading arrest, and criminal trespass.
DPS Narcotics agents and DPS Trooper Rusty Pitts were also involved in the arrest and drug seizures Thursday night.
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