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 Stewart

Randy 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


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

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