Narcotics Investigation Concludes
DAYTON, March 7, 2015 - During the early morning hours of Thursday March 5th, 2015 the Dayton Police Department and the Liberty County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office concluded a lengthy narcotics investigation at a residence located at 407 Nancy Street in Dayton, Texas.
A search warrant issued by Liberty County 253rd Judicial District Judge Chap Cain was executed by officers from the Liberty County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, Dayton Police Department, Liberty County District Attorney’s Office, Daisetta Police Department, Liberty County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office. The Houston DEA Special Response Team also assisted by providing a specialized team of entry personnel and air support to conduct the operation.
Constable Thornton reported “Although we had a lot of information about these suspects, we didn’t have much information about the inside of the residence, making a dynamic entry at this location a dangerous scenario.”
Constable Thornton added “This issue, along with the suspect’s residence being in such close proximity to an elementary school, was of concern for Dayton Police Chief John Headrick and me.”
“We wanted to execute the warrant in a manner that was safe for the community, as well as officers and suspects on the scene”.
“The DEA SRT Team was able to offer a safer alternative for the warrant execution, allowing marked patrol units to create a perimeter around the suspect’s house and air support that covered from above, increasing the safety for the community and nearby school.”
Constable Thornton continued “We also coordinated with the Dayton ISD School Police, Lieutenant Rick Larkin with Harris County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office.” “The warrant was executed about daylight and we didn’t want to create concern by the community that something was going on at the school and Lieutenant Larkin provided a deputy to assist in the operation.”
Upon executing the search warrant, the SRT team was met by resistance from the suspects inside the residence who would not comply with commands to surrender themselves. The SRT Team began deploying tactical advancements and the suspects were successfully removed from the residence after a few minutes without further incident.
After making entry, a search of the residence was conducted that resulted in the recovery of approximately eleven ounces of methamphetamine from inside the suspect residence. The methamphetamine seized has an estimated street value of approximately $24,640.00.
Suspects in the residence attempted to destroy the evidence buy pouring a large amount of methamphetamine into a container of liquid and by pouring more methamphetamine into a shoe, all an attempt to prevent their discovery.
This investigation was the result of many complaints from a number of people within the community to the Dayton Police Department and the Liberty County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.
Chief Headrick and Constable Thornton shared their information with one another and both agencies began working jointly on the investigation, gathering intelligence and evidence necessary to build a case.
The Houston DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Group #33 provided assistance in the latter part of the investigation and assisted in securing further evidence, all of which was utilized in a sworn affidavit in support of a search warrant.
The investigation revealed that methamphetamine was indeed being sold from the residence. The suspects utilized persons to act as lookouts on the property and had lookouts riding bicycles in and around the neighborhood, making it very difficult for law enforcement to conduct their investigation.
Several suspects were present in the residence upon the execution of the search warrant. At this time, the identities of the suspects are being withheld due to ongoing investigation into the matter.
The Dayton Police Department and the Liberty County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office would like thank the community members for the information that they provided and their patience during the course of this investigation.
Constable Thornton also reported that within the past 60 days of 2015 the Liberty County Precinct 4 Constables Office, Dayton Police Department, Daisetta Police Department and Liberty County Precinct 2 Constables Office along with their partnership with Houston DEA HIDTA Group 33 and Texas Department of Public Safety, have collectively removed approximately 775.5 grams (1.73 pounds) of methamphetamine from communities within Liberty County through their combined efforts. The estimated street value of the total methamphetamine seized in Liberty County this year thus far is $62,040.00