SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - From the Smith County Sheriff's Office:
In June of 2017, the Smith County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit and the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division began an investigation into the distribution of Dangerous Drugs in Smith County as well as surrounding counties.
The investigation lasted approximately one year and led to the arrest and indictment of ten individuals for State and Federal drug and firearm related charges.
On June 21st, 2018, six of the individuals were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in the Eastern District of Texas for Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. Four other individuals involved in this drug conspiracy were indicted on State charges.
During the course of the investigation, approximately 1 kilogram of Methamphetamine and approximately fifteen firearms were seized. Two of the firearms were determined to be stolen.
Both the Smith County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety appreciate greatly the assistance of the United States Attorneys' Office during this as well as similar investigations.
The following individuals have been indicted on drug and or firearm charges based on evidence and information obtained during the investigation.
An indictment returned by a grand jury is not evidence of guilt in a criminal prosecution. Each individual is entitled to due process to contest the allegations against them.
Eric Lee Foster, Lawrence Steven Mayo, James Lynn Taylor, Robert Jacob Jones, Brettnee Jo Locke, and Burtran Chester Smith were indicted on federal charges. Jason Kyle Cooper, Cellatano Ramirez, Thomas McClain and Jenniffer Richardson were arrested on state charges with the Cherokee County.