STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY
KINGSLAND — Authorities on Feb. 25 conducted a sweep of two houses in the Royal Oaks subdivision of Kingsland and arrested several suspects on drug-related charges, according to the Llano County Sheriff’s Office.
The operation happened sometime before dawn in the 400 block of Gold Street.
“There were two houses we hit at the same time across the street from each other,” Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn said.
In all, 11 people were detained and questioned at the time of the sweep. Seven were taken into custody.
Suspects listed addresses from Buchanan Dam and Kingsland to Marble Falls and Granite Shoals.
“Everybody has it going on in every town,” said Blackburn regarding the illegal drug activity. “Nearly every domestic arrest, there’s drugs and alcohol. Almost every burglary, there’s some kind of drugs involved.”
Arrested and charged were:
• Chance Braziel, 20, manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance;
• David Casarez, 35, parole warrant and failure to identify;
• Coquetia Morgan, 26, manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance
• Jacob Murley, 31, manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance;
• Robert Robinson, 61, manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance
• Tiffany Scales, 30, manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance;
• and Blane Taylor, 35, possession of a controlled substance.
The sheriff’s office had been developing the case over a period of time.
“This was all the work of Llano County deputies and investigators,” Blackburn said. “I’m fortunate to have a bunch of dedicated officers who work with me.”
Investigators said they will continue their efforts to find more “drug houses” and arrest suspects.
“We’re going to keep working on it,” the sheriff said. “We’re just trying to discourage the use.”