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Investigation nets six arrests on drug charges

By Robin Y. Richardson Marshall News Messenger
Oct. 8, 2010 at 2:06 a.m.

Brandon Latroy Byrd

A three-and-a-half month investigation culminated in the arrest of six individuals Thursday morning, with charges involving the distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine in Waskom and Marshall.

"We believe the arrests of these six individuals will make a significant impact in the narcotics distribution in Harrison County," Harrison County District Attorney Joe Black stated in a press release. "These arrests are a direct result of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies working together to rid our communities of drugs. I would like to thank them for their efforts."

The East Texas Violent Crime Task Force along with the DA's office worked together to make the arrests.

Arrested were Brandon Latroy Byrd, 29, of Waskom, for three counts of delivery of a controlled substance; Bryant O'Neil Thomas, 32, of Waskom, for three counts of delivery of a controlled substance; Fidel Galvin, 26, of Waskom for one count of delivery of a controlled substance; Joel Galvin, 26, of Waskom, for one count of delivery of a controlled substance; Sheri Lynn Harper, 42, of Waskom, for one count of delivery of a controlled substance; and Julian Ramon Oliver, 40, of Marshall and Hallsville for one count of delivery of a controlled substance.

According to the press release, around 4 a.m. Thursday, more than 45 law enforcement officers and investigators from the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, Marshall Police Department, FBI, ATF, Waskom Police Department, Hallsville Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and the DA's office began executing arrest warrants issued after a Harrison County grand jury issued sealed indictments Sept. 28 for the offenses of delivery of a controlled substance throughout Harrison County.

Two hours later, around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, the six individuals were arrested. Two of the individuals arrested, Byrd and Harper, are currently on probation for possession of controlled substance less than one gram, the press release notes. Oliver is currently on federal parole/probation for narcotics possession and Thomas is a registered sex offender, the press release states.

In addition to the arrests, officers seized narcotics, one weapon, drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed sum of money during the execution of these warrants.

Two search warrants were issued by city of Marshall Municipal Judge Hugh Taylor during the course of these arrests.

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