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January 13, 2014

Drug arrests tied to criminal street gang

Gainesville — Cooke County Sheriff’s Department continues its fight against illegal drug trafficking in the county. The agency’s latest efforts include multiple arrests last week.

On Jan. 4, the Cooke County Sheriff Office Drug Enforcement Unit assisted by CCSO Criminal Investigations, CCSO Patrol, Gainesville Police Department Patrol and Child Protective Services dismantled an organized marijuana distribution operation that was spearheaded by members of the Gangster Disciples criminal street gang. Officers executed two search and arrest warrants in the conclusion of a two and a half month long investigation into the organization’s local operation.

The first of the two search and arrest warrants was executed at the Bella Vista Apartments at 1000 Bella Vista Drive in Gainesville.

Dterrus Jeron Goree, 26, and Konica Amber Hennesy, 23, were arrested for one count of Possession of Marijuana less than 2 ounces, and one count of Endangering a Child.

The second of the two search and arrest warrants was executed in the 1300 block of Hillcrest Boulevard in Gainesville.

Cody Dewayne Walters, 26, Richie Deon Coleman, 45, Accalca Cerria Sherrer, 19, and Christopher Jordan Williams, 21, were arrested on a charge of Possession of Marijuana more than four ounces but less than five pounds, as well as Endangering a Child.

Approximately four pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $4,000, approximately $6,900 of U.S. currency, three handguns, and one 1991 Lincoln were seized by the Cooke County Sheriff Office. The two endangered children were referred to Child Protective Services.

Gilbert said since 2013, one of his main missions has been to curtail illegal drug sales in Cooke County.

“The Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit that was created in January of 2013 has been steadily working to curb the flow of illegal  drugs in our county,” he said. “These arrest and search warrants that we executed Friday are the results of your Sheriff’s Office desire to help rid the danger, the suffering and damage done by illegal drugs.”

The battle against illegal drugs is ongoing, Gilbert noted.

“I pledge to the citizens of Cooke County that we will continue to fight this battle and as always we ask for information from the public,” he said.  Citizens may now leave anonymous tips on any crimes by emailing the Sheriff’s Office at tips@co.cooke.tx.us, he said.

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