by Diane Tuazon
BIG SPRING - According to Howard County Law enforcement and residents, drugs has been an on going big problem in Big Spring.
"Drugs are a problem everywhere. It's not just in Big Spring, but most counties have them too," Sgt. Tony Everett with the Big Spring Police Department, said.
"It's here, there is no doubt about it. It just all depends on how many get caught," Resident Josh Schliff, said.
Now with the combined efforts of Howard County deputies and Big Spring police, they were able to make some 20 arrests; each one charged with drug trafficking.
Those arrested include:
- Barnes, Aaron B/M DOB 12/14/82 - Delivery Cocaine 2nd degree Felony
- Cantu, Jose W/M DOB 12/12/81 - Delivery Cocaine 1st degree Felony
- Cantu, Juan W/M DOB 01/21/61 - Delivery Cocaine State Jail Felony & Delivery Cocaine 1st degree Felony
- Clanton, Margaret W/F DOB 1/8/75 - 3 counts of Delivery Cocaine 2nd degree Felony
- Gander, George W/M DOB 06/30/64 - Delivery Cocaine 1st degree Felony
- Green, Garland Jr B/M DOB 06/13/55 - 3 counts of Delivery Cocaine State Jail Felony
- Houston, Edrion B/M DOB 02/08/90 - Delivery Cocaine 2nd degree Felony
- Johnson, Howard B/M DOB 05/24/84 - Delivery Cocaine 3rd degree Felony
- Johnson, Roy B/M DOB 12/24/42 - Delivery Cocaine State Jail Felony
- Lozano, Manuel W/M DOB 8/28/72 - Delivery Simulated Controlled Substance
- Madron, Edward W/M DOB 1/13/80 - Delivery Cocaine 2nd degree Felony
- Morrow, Angela W/F DOB 6/28/53 - Possession of Marijuana Misdemeanor B
- Mitchell, Karissa B/F DOB 7/7/85 - Delivery Cocaine State Jail Felony
- Pierce, Teresa W/F DOB 7/24/64 - Delivery Hydrocodone State Jail Felony
- Rodriguez, Rene W/M DOB 12/14/87 - Delivery Marijuana State Jail Felony
- Simmons, Richard B/M DOB 1/19/76 - Delivery Cocaine 1st degree Felony
- Threats, Jason B/M DOB 1/17/78 - Delivery Cocaine 1st degree Felon
- Thompson, Ann M W/F DOB 7/15/69 - Delivery Cocaine State Jail Felony
- Valencia, Joe E W/M DOB 6/4/83 - Delivery Cocaine 2nd degree Felony
- Ybarra, Cinthia W/F DOB 9/9/62 - Delivery Cocaine 2nd degree Felony
Some residents say it's about time things are getting done.
"It's a long time coming. I'm amazed at how much drugs are in this town for as small as it is. We used to be a quiet town, but not anymore," Concerned Resident Deloris Albert, said.
"I appreciate what they're doing because 21 arrests is a lot. I'm glad they're going out there doing what they do. It makes me feel better of where I'm living at," Schliff said.
Sgt. Everett says the drug investigation has been on going for months, and even with the successful arrests made this past weekend, they're not stopping there.