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Four nabbed in suspected Kingsland crack-cocaine ring

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KINGSLAND — Three men and a woman remain behind bars after an early Thursday raid by law officers on a suspected crack den on the shores of Lake LBJ.

Llano County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy John Neff said 20 "rocks" of suspected crack-cocaine and about $700 were seized about 6:45 a.m., which came after weeks of investigation and surveillance of three cabins in the 200 block of Noble Street.


PHOTO 1: Llano County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Van Pelt leads Oscar Charles Crenshaw to a patrol car during a drug raid on Noble Street in Kingsland April 1. Crenshaw was one of four people arrested and charged with delivery of crack cocaine. Photos by Tom Suarez Photography, www.tomsuarez.net


PHOTO 2: A Llano County sheriff’s deputy holds an infant while three people wait to be questioned during a drug raid by deputies and state officers in Kingsland April 1. The child was turned over to Child Protective Services, while four adults were charged with delivery of crack cocaine.


PHOTO 3: Sheriff’s deputies, Department of Public Safety troopers, county constables and officials with state drug agencies converged on three Noble Street cabins during a raid in Kingsland April 1. The raid left four people behind bars and charged with delivery of a controlled substance.


"There was a lot of traffic at that location, and we’ve been knowing about that area for a while," Neff told The Daily Tribune. "It just got to a point where we were able to open an investigation. We were able to get probable cause and proceed."

Neff said officers obtained a narcotics search and arrest warrant from 424th state District Judge Dan Mills Wednesday, allowing the raid to proceed.

Deputies arrested Kingsland residents Alton Clave Jones, 30; Freddie Junior Jones, 33; Oscar Charles Crenshaw, 28; and Megan Dean, 19. Each was charged with delivery of crack-cocaine and booked into the Llano County Jail, where they remained Thursday.

Bonds were expected to be set Friday, Neff said.

The arrests took place in "a row of cabins on the lake that have probably seen better days," he added. "I believe these people had been renting them for several short periods, but it looked like they had been there for several months."

Neff said lawmen are continuing their probe.

"Anytime we identify a place that’s dealing in narcotics, we make an arrest, charge the individuals and put them out of business," he said. "We are really focused on trying to get rid of the narcotics problem in our county. We take it very seriously."

Delivery of cocaine is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

chris@thepicayune.com