Arkansas County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) investigators arrested two county residents this week, who are suspected to be part of major trafficking of methamphetamine in this area.
David Clyde Davis, 58, was arrested and charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, more than four grams, but less than 200 grams. His bond is set at $200,000. He also was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. His bond was set at $50,000 on that charge.
Also arrested was Laura Ann King, 55, and she was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, more than four grams, but less than 200 grams.
The arrests occurred Wednesday, April 24 at 241 W. King Rd. According to ACSO Investigator Armando Chapa, officials executed a high-risk warrant at this address.
It was considered high risk due to the fact officials knew a parolee was living there. While out on parole, Davis also had been arrested a few months ago on a charge of possession and his vehicle had been seized. That case has yet to be prosecuted.
Investigators received information Davis and King were actively selling and using a large of amount of methamphetamine. They also learned Davis had possession of at least one firearm and could possibly have other weapons. In addition, officers learned the couple had fortified their residence and compound with sensors, surveillance equipment and monitors.
Prior to executing the warrant, officers were briefed about the elements of the area. Chapa said they knew when they crossed the gate into the property, the suspects would know they were coming. Entry would have to be fast and the subjects would have to be secured quickly.
Upon arriving at the residence, King pulled up in her vehicle at the same time. She was taken into custody immediately and taken inside. Davis was then arrested upon entry into the home.
Investigators found and seized a large amount of methamphetamine, digital scales, packaging material, two police scanners, surveillance equipment – scanners, and video cameras.
The surveillance equipment/video cameras were set up in the garage so the subjects could monitor traffic coming in and out of the property.
Further search of the residence uncovered more paraphernalia commonly used for packaging/using methamphetamine, a gun which was discovered to be stolen from Houston, a shotgun, syringes loaded for use with suspected methamphetamine, and three Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Chapa explained the motorcycles can be seized, although that has not been common practice. Officers will now start seizing all tangible assets suspected to be purchased with proceeds from the sale and distribution of narcotics.
Based on the amount of drugs and materials seized, Chapa said it is believed the trafficking network is actively working in this jurisdiction and surrounding cities.
Davis’ previous bond has been revoked. He remains in custody in the Aransas County Detention Center in lieu of the aforementioned bonds.
Chapa pointed out for the safety of the community, it is important to keep these individuals locked up, and to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. He said it is difficult when individuals are arrested, then post bond and go right back to what they were doing before because they have assets waiting for them.
The ACSO is going to take the lead is going after those, said Chapa noting its takes an extra step, however “enough is enough.”
In an unrelated case, ACSO officers arrested a 39-year-old Rockport man Tuesday, April 23 on charges of drug possession.
John Jeremy Loveall was arrested for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in an amount less than one gram.
Investigator Rodney Cox obtained a search warrant for Loveall’s residence, 512 N. Doughty. The warrant was executed at 9 a.m. that Tuesday morning.
ACSO investigators and deputies executed the warrant and found Loveall and a female at the home. The female was not charged.
Inside the residence officers discovered a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana, packaging materials, and drug paraphernalia used to smoke marijuana and methamphetamine.
Loveall was transported to the ACDC where he remains in lieu of a $50,000 bond.