22-Month Drug Investigation Nets 11 Arrests
A 22-month investigation into illegal narcotics transactions detectives believe may have ties to a criminal street gang led to the arrest of 11 people yesterday on state drug-related charges.
Galveston County Sheriff’s Special Crimes investigators led the probe and worked in concert with agents from the FBI and DEA, spending hundreds of man-hours focusing their investigation on not only the illegal drug transactions but the potential links of those transactions to the “4 Street Bloods,” a notorious street gang that typically calls the Bacliff area its’ “turf.”
On review of cases by the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office, deputies presented their cases to a grand jury that handed down sealed indictments charging 11 persons with 15 drug-related offenses.
Sheriff’s detectives started serving the indictments early yesterday morning, leading teams of officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Galveston County Pct. 7 Constable’s Office, Texas City, La Marque, and Galveston Police Departments, as well as agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Service, DEA, FBI, and the U. S. Marshal’s Service.
Arrested and held at the Galveston County Jail on state-level charges are:
Brett Howard Barker, 48, of San Leon, Delivery of a Controlled Substance (cocaine), bond set at $80,000;
Cassidy French, 33, of Bacliff, Delivery of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), bond set at $120,000;
Joseph Paul Manning, 26, of Bacliff, Delivery of Marijuana, bond set at $40,000;
Anthony Julius Manning, 25, of Bacliff, Delivery of Marijuana, bond set at $40,000;
Charles Thomas Manning, 23, of Bacliff, two counts of Delivery of Marijuana, bonds totaling $20,000;
Albert Maskill III, 52, of San Leon, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, bond set at $60,000;
Brent Michael Peters, 23, of League City, two counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (cocaine), bonds totaling $160,000;
Donald Anthony Stewart, 17, of Bacliff, Delivery of a Controlled Substance (cocaine), bond set at $40,000;
Joe Dempsey Tarver, 20, of Friendswood, two counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (cocaine), bonds totaling $100,000;
Maskill faces an additional charge of Felony Possession of Marijuana after arrest teams discovered a “grow house” in the 4700 block of 17 Street in Bacliff. Detectives working there recovered 219 marijuana plants, weighing some 7.9 pounds, along with implements used for indoor growing and cultivation. This charge resulted in an additional $60,000 bond for Maskill.
Shane William Black, 18, of San Leon, and Keith Robert Dick, 47, of Moss Hill, Texas were taken into custody when an arrest team discovered about 1.8 grams of cocaine at a hotel in the 900 block of Grand Avenue in Bacliff. Dick also faces a motion to revoke probation charge for a prior felony DWI case. Black’s bond was set at $80,000, while Dick is being held without bond due to the probation revocation.
A 17-year-old Bacliff youth was also taken into custody, charged as a juvenile with Delivery of a Controlled Substance (cocaine).
Sheriff’s detectives also worked with federal prosecutors in charging and arresting Thomas Tyler Black, 25, Jamie Lynn Finley, 29, William Sanford, 20, and Cameron Sanford, 19, all of Bacliff, on federal drug charges. They were also arrested during yesterday’s round-up and are being held by federal authorities.
“Our Special Crimes Unit worked hard keeping our promise to the community to make an impact on the drug problem in the County,” said Galveston County Sheriff Freddie Poor, who worked on one of the arrest teams yesterday morning. “This investigation, we believe, represents a major impact to drugs on the street, but we know we still have a lot of work to do.”
Special Crimes investigators are still investigating activities of those arrested yesterday, and expect additional charges may be forthcoming as their probes continue.