Cooke County sheriff’s deputies have charged three with drug-related crimes after finding 121 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop, Sheriff Terry Gilbert announced Monday, June 3.
The accused are among several arrested in May as Cooke County deputies continue pursuing narcotics-related investigations.
The sheriff’s K9 unit and patrol deputies stopped a 1999 Nissan sedan at Grand Avenue and O’Neal Street on Wednesday, May 22, during a targeted drug enforcement action, the sheriff said in a press release. Gilbert said deputies recovered the meth, with an estimated street value of $12,000, along with digital scales, packaging materials and drug paraphernalia.
David Garcia Ruiz, 52, was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, more than 4 grams less than 200 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remained in custody in the Cooke County Jail on Monday morning, Gilbert said. His bond was set at $75,000.
Lisa Wood, 35, also of Houston, faces the same charges and is also incarcerated in the Cooke County Jail with bond set at $75,000.
The sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit also teamed up with the Love County, Oklahoma, Sheriff’s Office and the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department during the second week of May for a joint drug investigation into illegal sale of narcotics in Cooke County and the surrounding area.
After executing several search warrants at various locations, Gilbert said, authorities recovered about 125 grams of MDMA (ecstasy), valued at $2,500; about 53 grams of heroin with a street value of $5,300; 9 grams of THC concentrate, estimated to be worth $900; about 70 grams of amphetamine tablets with a street value of $700; and about 20 grams of marijuana valued at $400.
A handgun and digital scales, packaging and drug paraphernalia were also recovered, according to the press release.
With assistance from the Cooke County District Attorney’s Office and search warrants signed by Judge Janelle Haverkamp from the 235th District Court, authorities arrested four people.
Alisha Renee Rudd, 42, of Magnolia, was arrested and charged in Cooke County with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1 more than 1 gram less than 4 grams.
She remains in the Cooke County Jail under a $10,000 bond.
Clint Nicholas Marrero, 38, of Rowlett, was arrested in Cooke County for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2 more than 4 grams less than 400 grams, manufacture of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2 more than 4 grams less than 400 grams, possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1 less than 1 gram. He remains in the Cooke County Jail under $75,000 bond.
Marrero is also being held on Dallas County warrants of two charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest with a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1 less than 1 gram.
Kathe Tran Vo, 29, of Dallas, was arrested in Love County on Cooke County charges of possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, engaging in organized criminal activity, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2 more than 4 grams less than 400 grams. She is awaiting extradition back to Cooke County.
Jordan David Carlson, 33, of Denton, was arrested in Love County on charges of possession of CDS with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police: More meth found
Sheriff’s deputies reported finding more meth Thursday, May 30, in the course of a traffic stop on Farm-to-Market Road 678 at County Road 103 in Dexter.
Patrol deputies stopped a red Ford F-150 truck and the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office K9 responded to assist with a search of the vehicle. Authorities recovered about 8 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $800 along with digital scales, packaging materials and drug paraphernalia.
The pickup’s occupant, Randall Dewayne Golden, 53, of Gainesville, was arrested and transported to the Cooke County Jail, where he was booked on charges of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1 more than 4 grams less than 200 grams, and driving while license invalid.
Golden was released from jail after posting a $15,000 bond.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article misidentified Judge Haverkamp's first name. This version has been updated and we regret the error.