Brown County bust targets 57 accused drug dealers, some with ties to Mexican drug cartels
BROWNWOOD, Texas - Thirty-three people have been arrested and 24 more are being sought as part of a nearly 20-month investigation into drug rings in Brown County, some with "direct ties" to Mexican drug cartels.
Early Thursday morning, 80 law enforcement officers from numerous agencies started serving warrants on 57 people who were "actively involved in the distribution of illegal narcotics in Brown County and the Brownwood community."
The Brown County Sheriff's Office, Brownwood Police Department and Early Police Department began a crackdown on methamphetamine trafficking in January 2016. During the investigation, investigators purchased and seized methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and various prescription drugs including Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Alprazolam, Clonazepam and Carisoprodol.
In addition to drug charges, several of the defendants were also charged with felon in possession of firearm, tampering with evidence, evading arrest and prescription fraud. Additional charges are pending.
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(See list of those arrested and those wanted below Facebook Live post)
Carl StewartRandy Perkins, 29 Denise Montgomery Jerry Lattig, 40 Lola Pollard, 32 Courtney Foster, 18 Crystal Weatherford Waymon Middlebrooks Fred Stokes, 53 Terry Shade Jose Hernández-Mendoza, 47 Albert Collins Stacie Moore Amber Smith Blaine Bessent Amber Walker Raul Cadena Ruby Gaines Kristi Lattig, 37 Alex Villarreal Christoper Taylor Christopher Fell Douglas Roesly, 30 Joseph Holt Megan Perkins, 26 Jaime Arredondo, 40 Brittany McDonough Damon Rayburn, 40 Kenneth Scott, 53 Mary Harrell Monty Wiley, 27 Robert Stanfield Patricia King
Wanted:Tracy Baublit Tiffany Daniel Walter Salyer Connor Trapp Aaron Powell Brittany Clark Nina Ballejo Debra Lowrey Tameka Walker Mariana Gómez Louis Nunez Jaclyn Davison Casey Durant Michael Sain Matthew Wilson Billy Seamans Larry Bryant Jr. David Jenkins Joseph Havens Sheyleigh Bell Robert James Marcus Burnett David Williams Ashley Sharpe
Agencies participating in Operation METHodical:
Brown County Sheriff's Office Brownwood Police Department
Early Police Department
Brownwood City Marshal's Office
Texas Department of Public Safety
Brown County Constables Office
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Brown County Water Improvement District Lake Patrol
35th Judicial District Attorney's Office
Brown County Attorney's Office
Brown County Adult Probation Office
Child Protective Services and Special Investigations Division