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Sheriff's department nets 9 suspected drug dealers in busts

By Robin Y. Richardson
Aug. 7, 2013 at 10 p.m.


An early morning round-up by the Harrison County Sheriff's Office netted nine drug-related arrests on Wednesday, sheriff's officials announced.

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, the round-up of nine suspected drug dealers was conducted on the east side of the county after a Harrison County grand jury handed down sealed indictments and capias warrants for the alleged suspects on Aug. 1. It was the result of a lengthy investigation by the sheriff's office.

"Three of the indicted suspects were already in custody on (a) separate criminal offense and the new charges are added to them while in custody," the release indicated. "The six remaining suspects were awakened and arrested at their homes by the arrest teams."

Jay Webb, administrative deputy for the sheriff's office, said the arrests began at approximately 5:30 a.m.

Officials said all of the indictments were for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, mainly meth and marijuana.

"Several of the suspects had multiple indictments and warrants issued for their arrest," officials noted.

Arrested were: 32-year-old Brandon Byrd; Johnny Monroe, 47; Ben Atterton, 49; Anita Yurick, 55; Bobby Wayne Treece Jr., 48; and 34-year-old John Smith Jr. The suspects who were already incarcerated on separate charges were: Eddie Stephens, 31; Benjamin Cain, 38; and 26-year-old Bobby Wayne Treece III.

Agencies and officials assisting in the coordinated effort included Harrison County District Attorney's Office, Waskom Police Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens, Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Judge Westy Meisenheimer, Panola County Sheriff's Office, Waskom Volunteer Fire Department ambulance services, Panola County Constable Brian Murff and Harrison County Commissioner William Hatfield.

Bonds for the suspects were set by 71st District Judge Brad Morin and range from $25,000 to $50,000. Webb, with the sheriff's office, said most of the suspects were from Waskom.

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