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5 arrested, drugs seized during narcotics operation

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Curtis Howard (Source: Rusk County Jail) Curtis Howard (Source: Rusk County Jail)
James Dennis (Source: Rusk County Jail) James Dennis (Source: Rusk County Jail)
Johnathan Swindell (Source: Rusk County Jail) Johnathan Swindell (Source: Rusk County Jail)
Traci Berry (Source: Rusk County Jail) Traci Berry (Source: Rusk County Jail)
Amanda Dickerson (Source: Rusk County Jail) Amanda Dickerson (Source: Rusk County Jail)

From the Rusk County Sheriff's Office:

RUSK COUNTY, TX - During the month of June 2014 the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division executed three controlled substance search warrants which resulted in the seizure of suspected methamphetamine, suspected MDMA (ecstasy), suspected marijuana, firearms, suspected stolen property and United States currency.

On June 16, 2014 a controlled substance search warrant was executed at the Jonathan Swindell residence located on Rusk County Road 4114 in the Carlisle community. Confiscated during the warrant was suspected methamphetamine, suspected MDMA (ecstasy), and numerous items of suspected drug paraphernalia. Arrested at the scene was Jonathan Swindell 34 of Carlisle and Traci Berry 23 of Henderson. Jonathan Swindell was charged with the criminal offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group I (methamphetamine) a felony of the third degree, and Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group II (MDMA) a felony of the third degree. Additional charges are pending on Jonathan Swindell for the criminal offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group I. Traci Berry was charged with the criminal offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group I a State Jail Felony.

On June 19, 2014 a controlled substance search warrant was executed at the Jerry Warren residence located on Rusk County Road 4132. Confiscated during the warrant was suspected methamphetamine, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, a prohibited weapon (zip-gun), a suspected stolen big screen television, and a reported stolen Suzuki motorcycle. Arrested at the scene was Jerry Warren 34 of Henderson, and Amanda Dickerson 30 of Henderson. Jerry Warren was charged with the criminal offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group I(methamphetamine) a felony of the third degree. Additional charges are pending on Jerry Warren for theft (possession of stolen property). Amanda Dickerson was arrested on an outstanding warrant for theft. Additional charges of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon (Zip-Gun) are pending on Dickerson.

On June 23, 2014 a controlled substance search warrant was executed at the Curtis Howard residence located on Rusk County Road 1114 in the Laird Hill Community. Confiscated during the warrant was suspected methamphetamine, suspected MDMA (ecstasy), suspected marijuana, five firearms, United States Currency, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Arrested at the scene was Curtis Howard 31 of Kilgore, and James Dennis 34 of Kilgore. Curtis Howard was charged with the criminal offense of Manufacture/Delivery of a Substance in Penalty Group I (methamphetamine) a felony of the first degree, and Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group II (MDMA) a felony of the third degree. James Dennis was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group I (methamphetamine) a state jail felony. Additional charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon are pending on Curtis Howard.

All search warrants were issued by Rusk County Court at Law Judge Chad Dean.

The search warrants and arrest are the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, The Rusk County District Attorney’s Office, and the Henderson Police Department Narcotics Division, and the East Texas Auto Theft Task Force. The warrants were executed by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Unit and the Henderson Police Department Tactical Unit. Further assisting in the warrant was Rusk County Child Protective Services.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal/Narcotics Investigation Division anticipates additional arrest to stem from the investigation.

All defendants were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Pct # 5 Joe Sorrels.

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