According to a release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office (NCSO), for over six months the department has been conducting ongoing investigations concerning the use and delivery of illicit narcotics in the county.  The main purpose of the operation is to target high level dealers that are selling narcotics in our area.

On the morning of June 21st, the NCSO implemented phase 1 of the operation.  Three residences were identified as areas in which large amounts of drugs were being sold. During the investigation, detectives established probable cause for search warrants at all three houses.  Shortly after 5 am, a task force of Sheriff's Deputies and Sheriff's Investigators executed all three search warrants.

Four arrests were made due to the executions of these search warrants. Drugs ranging from crack cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy pills, codeine, and marijuana were seized. Five guns were also seized during the search warrant. Four of those guns were found to be stolen.

Four men were arrested in connections to these searches that were conducted on Ernest Street, South Fredonia, and Mackechney Street in the city of Nacogdoches. The residence on South Fredonia where marijuana was being sold and in which two stolen guns were found was located next door to a middle school. One of the occupants inside the residence was found inside his bedroom with a loaded pistol in his hand. He was quickly subdued by the entry team. The residence on Ernest Street was located less that a 1000 feet from a day care center.

Along with these search warrants, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office is also conducting a drug round up today consisting of 8 people. These 8 suspects have active felony warrants for selling drugs to undercover deputies. Most of the drug purchases were conducted in the rural parts of Nacogdoches County in the last six months.

Suspects that have been arrested at this time are as follows:

Terence Jones (top left), 35, was arrested on Ernest Street for the following charges:

  1. Delivery of a Controlled SubstanceF-3 in Drug Free  Zone
  2. Possession of a Controlled Substance F-3 in Drug Free Zone (x2)
  3. Possession of a Controlled substance F-2 in Drug Free Zone (x2)
  4. Possession of Marijuana M-A in Drug Free Zone
  5. Felon in Possession of firearm 3rd felony

Dennis Charles Thomas (top middle), 48, was arrested at his residence on Mackechney Street. He was arrested on the following charges:

  1. Possession of a Controlled substance F-3
  2. Delivery of a Controlled Substance State Jail felony
  3. Felon in Possession of Firearm F-3
  4. Possession of Marijuana M-b

David Maldonado (top right), 20, and Adolpho Cruz (bottom left), 20, were both arrested at their residence on South Fredonia Street.

Maldonado was charged with

  1. Delivery of marijuana SJF
  2. Possession of Marijuana Class A misd.
  3. More charges pending

Cruz was arrested for Possession of marijuana Class A Misdemeanor.

At the time of this press release, 2 of the 8 suspects had been arrested on the drug round up. The Sheriff's Office will continue to pursue the suspects until all of them are arrested.

The suspects that have been arrested at the time of this press release are:

Dustin Hurst (bottom middle), 30, charged with Delivery of a controlled substance 2nd felony

Tyrel Strong (bottom right),  21, charged with Delivery of a controlled substance 2nd felony.

Many more arrest warrants are pending on numerous suspects. This operation should have a significant effect on the drugs being distributed in our area.