Several arrests, drugs seized in Henderson County drug raid

Released by the Henderson County Sheriff's Office: 

Two cross-county raids by Sheriff Botie Hillhouse's Narcotic Investigators and Deputies Thursday led to the arrest of two drug dealers, three more with contraband and the seizure of heroin and a substantial amount of methamphetamine.

"These coordinated drug raids were conducted by a dozen members of our team with the assistance of local police," Hillhouse said. "It is this kind of all-out effort that is helping us put a chill down the spines of dealers in this County."

Investigator Wayne Nutt obtained a probable cause search warrant from Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Tony Duncan for a residence on Hickory Drive in the Sportsman Paradise Subdivision south of Chandler.

Ryan Rasch, 23, of Chandler, was charged with possession of a substantial amount of methamphetamine, possession of heroin and possession of marijuana. He also was caught with items commonly used to sell and distribute illegal drugs and faces a First Degree Felony.

Also arrested was Darrel Porter, 59, of Chandler, who was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Third Degree Felony.

Across the County on Loving Lane in Gun Barrel City, Narcotics Investigator David Robertson led a team on a search warrant from Municipal Judge Grace Wallace.

There, Jerry Prince, 63, of Gun Barrel City, was found with methamphetamines and was unlawfully carrying a firearm. Both crimes are Third Degree Felonies.

Jennifer Noe, 40, of Gun Barrel City, was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance after being arrested with methamphetamines, baggies and scales used to distribute the drugs.

Another suspect – John Harwell, 26, of Gun Barrel City – was arrested after he provided a false name and date of birth and was found to have outstanding warrants for his arrest out of the Gun Barrel City Police Department.

Noe faces a First Degree Felony charge for drug dealing and Harwell was taken into custody for the warrants and new charges for failing to identify himself as a fugitive from justice.

"Law enforcement operations like these take time and teamwork," Hillhouse said. "But that is what it takes to rid this County of these dealers and get their poison off the streets."