Police make record meth bust in Brownwood


BROWNWOOD, Texas - Brownwood police, the Brown County Sheriff's Office and Early Police Department are celebrating a big victory in the war on drugs.

Wednesday morning, the three agencies served a search warrant at a home in the 500 block of 7 th Street in Brownwood. They seized 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine.

According to a news release from the Brownwood Police Department, it is the "single largest seizure of methamphetamine in the City of Brownwood." PHOTO GALLERY --}

"One thing that's significant about this arrest and seizure is that these drugs were intended for the streets of Brownwood and Brown County," Brownwood Police Chief Terry Nichols said.

Juanita Villarreal, 47, and Pascual Castaneda Sr., 52, were arrested and charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance over 400 grams.

Police said they suspect the drugs came from Mexico.

"She was bringing it up from Mexico and making a pretty good contributing factor to the meth sales here," Early Police Chief David Mercer said.

Nichols doesn't believe the meth epidemic is isolated only to Brownwood and Brown County.

"Texas has challenges," he said. "We're so close to the source, Mexico, that it's difficult and you'll see these kind of quantities."

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are anticipated.

Both Villarreal and Castaneda remain in jail each on a $50,000 bond, according to Brown County Jail records.

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