NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) – The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office says an undercover investigation has disrupted a large drug distribution operation in the county. They report that they seized methamphetamine, other illegal drugs, and money.
Two suspects are facing felony charges in the case.
Justin Michael Sanchez, 30, of Nacogdoches, was arrested on a first-degree felony for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and a Class B misdemeanor for possession of marijuana. Sanchez’ bonds were set at $75,000 for the first-degree felony, $15,000 for the second-degree felony and $1,500 for the Class-B misdemeanor for a total of $91,500.
Keegan Leigh Torrez-Burns, 27, faces a first-degree felony for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and a Class B misdemeanor for possession of marijuana. Torrez-Burns’ bonds were $75,000 for the first-degree felony and $1,500 for the Class-B misdemeanor for a total of $76,500.
Undercover purchases of methamphetamines by sheriff’s deputies led investigators to a home in Nacogdoches.
Around 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, deputies executed a search warrant on a home in the 1800 block of Pearl Street based on information gathered during a long-term undercover operation.
Suspecting the residents inside were armed, investigators staked out the house until Sanchez came outside, at which point he was taken into custody. A loaded handgun was found by the front door. A total of five firearms and ammunition were seized.
During the investigation, the sheriff’s office says they learned Sanchez was the supply source for other suspected drug dealers primarily in Nacogdoches County.
According to the sheriff’s office, investigators seized more than four pounds of methamphetamine in bulk and individual packages with a street value of more than $19,500. They also confiscated several firearms, and roughly $16,000 in currency. Suspected fentanyl and ecstasy pills were also recovered and have been sent to a state lab for testing.
“Seizing these drugs and keeping them out of the hands of dealers is blow to the illegal drug trade in Nacogdoches County,” said Sheriff Jason Bridges. “We will keep taking drugs out of our community, and we’ll keep holding the people who bring this poison in responsible for the damage the cause.”
Additional charges are possible as the sheriff’s office says they continue to investigate the case.
The Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Nacogdoches Police Department Special Crimes unit assisted with serving the warrant, and their help is much appreciated.
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