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Joint law enforcement agencies make major drug bust in Cherokee County

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Ariel Starkey, left, and Rachel Myers (Source: Cherokee Co. jail) Ariel Starkey, left, and Rachel Myers (Source: Cherokee Co. jail)
Latajia Crockett  (Source: Cherokee Co. jail) Latajia Crockett (Source: Cherokee Co. jail)
Joshua Heard  (Source: Cherokee Co. jail) Joshua Heard (Source: Cherokee Co. jail)
Xavier Lang  (Source: Cherokee Co. jail) Xavier Lang (Source: Cherokee Co. jail)

From the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department:

On 03-11-2014 the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and Jacksonville Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation along with the assistance of Rusk Police Department apprehended and arrested four of the seven individuals indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on February 26, 2014. The remaining three were already incarcerated in the Cherokee County Jail at the time and subsequently served the Federal arrest warrant.

The indictment resulted from a lengthy investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and Jacksonville Police Department.

The defendants on the Federal indictment are:

Eric Scott Smart 30 yoa male

Steven Ray Davis 42 yoa male

Michael Wayne Christopher 52 yoa male

Jimmy Royce Stafford, aka "Jimmy Loven" 28 yoa male

Karl Dwayne Underwood 23 yoa male

Jimmie Chance Guillen 23 yoa male

Darren Michael Massey 20 yoa male

(Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is not releasing photos of the

Federal defendants at this time)

At the time of the Federal arrests, three State level search warrants were prepared and presented to District Judge Bascom Bentley. These search warrants yielded over 100 grams of Methamphetamine, numerous firearms and cash seizures.

During the arrest and search warrants two additional subjects were arrested on State level charges.

Xavier Lang 22 yoa male Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon Felony 3

Bond set at $15,000 - Released on bond

Rachel Myers 17 yoa female Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Misdemeanor C

Fine set at $307.00 – Paid fine and released

Justice of the Peace, Precinct One, Judge Brenda Dominy arraigned both subjects.

(Photos attached)

Also, on 03-11-2014, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jacksonville Police Department, Rusk Police Department and Precinct four Constable Jamie Beene served a narcotic search warrant also signed by District Judge Bascom Bentley. The Search Warrant was for a residence in the Pierce's Chapel community of Cherokee County, Texas. Upon serving the warrant five persons were located inside the residence. Seized from this location was Methamphetamine and various narcotic paraphernalia. Arrested and charged with Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 1 – Felony 3 were:

Joshua Heard 22 yoa male

Heath Willis 19 yoa male

Rachelle Still 37 yoa female

Ariel Coslett-Starkey 20 yoa female

Latajia Crockett 17 yoa female

All subjects were arraigned by Justice of the Peace, Precinct One, Judge Brenda Dominy and bond was set at $15,000 for each one. All five remain in the Cherokee County Jail at this time.

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