Narcotics Arrest 03/03/2016

For Immediate Release:

On Wednesday, March 03rd, 2016 at approximately 11:47PM, Detectives with the City of Orange Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Texas Avenue and Lake Street, Bridge City, Orange County, Texas.

Investigators observed a 2000 Silver in color Jaguar North bound on Texas Avenue which was being operated on the improved shoulder of the roadway.  The subject vehicle was further observed to cross over into the left hand lane of travel and back.

Investigators made contact with the driver who was identified as David Russell Yates, white male, a 46 year old resident of Orange.  Investigators noticed a strong odor of marihuana on the person of Yates and he was subsequently arrested for the traffic violation.

A search of Yates was conducted and Investigators located a usable amount of marihuana on his person.

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed Yates to be in possession of approximately 50 grams of a clear crystal like substance that tested positive to be methamphetamine.  Also located in the vehicle was a semi-automatic 9mm Pistol and a 22. Revolver.

Yates was transported to the Orange County Correctional Facility where he was charged with the traffic offense, possession of a controlled substance Penalty group 1, 2nd degree Felony and two counts of Unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

This case is being referred to ATF for possible federal prosecution.

 

Detective Chad Hogan
Public Information Officer

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Narcotics Arrest 03/08/2016

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On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Detectives with the Orange Police Department along with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop along Interstate 10 service road in the area of Adams Bayou and MLK in Orange.

Officers observed a black in color Dodge Charger bearing Louisiana License plates fail to maintain a single marked lane. During the traffic stop the driver was identified as Lauren Leigh Courmier, a 34 year old white female from Vinton, Louisiana.

Investigators noticed that the driver was nervous and made movements around the cab of the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed approximately 28 grams of a clear crystal like substance that Investigators recognized as methamphetamine.

Courmier was arrested for possession of a controlled substance Felony 2 and transported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Correctional Facility for booking.  She was arraigned by 128th District Court Judge Courtney Arkeen and Bond was set at $100,000.

Courmier was previously arrested on November 16, 2015 for Possession of a Controlled Substance and is currently out on Bond for that offense. Judge Arkeen had originally set bond at $300,000 for that charge but later lowered it to $50,000 so that Courmier was able to bond out of jail.  Since this arrest, Judge Arkeen increased the bond back to $300,000 on the November 2015 case.

Lauren Courmier remains in the Orange County Correctional Facility on bonds totally $400,000.

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt said he will continue to utilize all of his available resources, including the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, to help rid Orange County of illegal drugs. If you have any information about illegal drug activities please call Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas at 833-TIPS.  You will remain anonymous and could earn a cash reward for your information.

Detective Chad Hogan
Public Information Officer

 

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Narcotics Arrest 02/23/2016

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On Monday, February 22nd, 2016 at approximately 4:00PM, Narcotics Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Orange Narcotics division arrested a white female at the intersection of Highway 62 and Highway 12 in Mauriceville, Texas.

Investigators observed a white Chevrolet pick-up truck which failed to signal a turn and also drove on the shoulder of the roadway along Highway 62.

The vehicle was stopped near the intersection along highway 12 and the driver was identified as Samantha Kaye Thomas, white female, a 21 year old Buna, TX resident.

Investigators noticed that Thomas was extremely nervous.  When asked Thomas admitted to being in possession of methamphetamine and handed investigators approximately 41 grams which Thomas had on her person along with a digital scale.

Thomas was arrested for Possession of a Controlled substance Felony 2 and transported to the Orange County Correctional Facility. Bond was set at $15,000.00

Sheriff Keith Merritt will continue to dedicate all necessary resources to combat illegal drug activities in our communities. If you have any information regarding illegal drug activities in Orange County please contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Detective Chad Hogan
Public Information Officer

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Narcotics Search Warrant and Arrests 02/18/2016

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On Thursday February 18th, 2016 at approximately 8:00AM, Narcotics Investigators with the City of Orange Police Department along with Narcotics Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division and the DEA executed a search warrant and two arrest warrants at the residence located at 3310 Pine Ridge, Orange, Orange County, Texas.

Arrested were Gary Dean Martin, W/M, 55 years of age,  Laurie Revis Martin, W/F, 43 years of age.  Both were arrested for distribution of methamphetamine.  The warrants were issued by the United States Attorney’s Office out of the Eastern District of Texas.  Also arrested for the same charges, at a separate location was Britni Revis Martin W/F, 23 years of age.

These arrests are a result of a five month long undercover investigation into the illegal distribution of methamphetamine in Orange County.

Sheriff Keith Merritt will continue to dedicate all necessary resources to combat illegal drug activities in our communities. If you have any information regarding illegal drug activities in Orange County please contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Detective Chad Hogan
Public Information Officer

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Narcotics Arrest 02/11/2016

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On Thursday February 11, 2016, around 11:30AM, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputies observed a white Volvo Tractor Trailer truck travelling eastbound failing to drive in a single lane. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on eastbound Interstate 10 near the 861 mile marker.

During the traffic stop, consent to search the vehicle was given and during the search of the vehicle, Deputy’s located 60 bundles of white powder believed to be cocaine. The bundles tested positive for Cocaine and were determined to weigh about 132 pounds with an approximate street value of 4.8 million dollars.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as MAURO CANO MORENO, H/M Age 30 of Alamo, TX.  MORENO was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Felony 1st Degree.)  Moreno was transported to the Orange County Correctional Facility and bond was set at $200,000.

Sheriff Merritt and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will continue to diligently combat the drug activities that occur in the neighborhoods and other areas of Orange County. If you have any information about criminal activities please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 883-2612.

Detective Chad Hogan
Public Information Officer

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Certificates of Commendation Given to OCSO Deputies 02/08/2016

Captain Thomas Ray and Sergeant Joey Jacobs of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office were presented with Certificates of Commendation from Larry Sanders, Resident Agent in Charge of the Beaumont ATF Field Office today at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Agent Sanders advised the Certificates of Commendation were issued by the United States Department of Justice Organized Crime and Gang Section in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, for their involvement in a six-year investigative effort by a multi-agency task force,  into the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) which has led to the conviction of 73 ABT members and associates including 36 high ranking leaders of the ABT, in cases prosecuted in the Southern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, Northern District of Texas and Western District of Oklahoma.

According to court records, the ABT is a highly structured organization run by five generals, each of whom oversees one of five geographic regions of Texas and sits on a steering committee. Each general supervises two chains of command —one on the “inside” and one on the “outside” of prison. Reporting to each general is an “inside major” and an “outside major” and each major oversees several captains, lieutenants and sergeants-at-arms and numerous soldiers. The ABT enforced its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects and associates through murder, attempted murder, Kidnapping, arson, aggravated assault, robbery and threats against those who violated ABT rules or posed a threat to the enterprise.

This Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case is being investigated by a multi-agency task force consisting of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; FBI; U.S. Marshals Service; Federal Bureau of Prisons; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations; Texas Rangers; Texas Department of Public Safety; Montgomery County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office; Houston Police Department-Gang Division; Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of Inspector General; Harris County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office; Atascosa County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office; Orange County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office; Waller County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office; Alvin, Texas, Police Department; Carrollton, Texas, Police Department; Mesquite, Texas, Police Department; Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office; and the Atascosa County District Attorney’s Office.

The case was prosecuted by David Karpel of the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Ed Gallagher and Tim Braley of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. Sheriff Merritt said that he was honored to have two investigators from his office recognized by the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and explosives. Sheriff Merritt also noted that while this case was a big blow to the command structure of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas he understands that someone is always willing to take the place of those sent to prison. He advised his agency will always make a diligent effort to combat any criminal activity in an effort to make Orange County a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.

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Narcotics/ Weapons Arrest 02012016

  For Immediate Release:

On Friday, January 29th at approximately 3:30PM, a team of narcotics investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division and the City of Orange Narcotics Division executed a search warrant issued by District Judge Arkeen, at a residence located at 3575 East Rail Road, Vidor, Orange County, Texas.

During a search of the residence Investigators located approximately 82 Grams of methamphetamine, numerous items of methamphetamine paraphernalia to include scales, pipes and syringes.

During the search warrant, Scott E. McCrandall, white male, date of birth: 03/05/1979 was arrested for possession of a controlled substance a second degree felony.   In addition Investigators also seized seven firearms from McCrandall who is a three time convicted felon.

This search warrant was in response to numerous citizen complaints of suspicious activity and a month long investigation by the above agencies along with Investigators with the City of Sulpher Police Department.

McCrandall is currently being held in the Orange County Correctional Facility, charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (a 2nd degree Felony) and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (a 3rd degree felony). His bond has been set at $30,000.00 for both offenses.  McCrandall is also being held on a Parole Violation with no bond set at this time.

Sheriff Merritt and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will continue to diligently combat the drug activities that occur in the neighborhoods and other areas of Orange County.  If you any information about any criminal activity, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 409-883-2612.

Detective Janois Strause

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Death Investigation 12/07/2015

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On Saturday, December 05, 2015, at approximately 5:15 AM the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning a motor vehicle crash in the westbound lane on the Neches River Bridge on IH-10 in Orange County.

Upon investigation it was determined that a green Geo Metro had stalled on the bridge in the outside lane of travel. A blue Toyota Van was traveling west bound and slowed to avoid striking the Geo Metro.  The Toyota Van was stopped behind the Geo Metro to avoid a collision at which time a white Chevrolet struck the Toyota from the rear causing a crash.

Both occupants in the Toyota van decided to exit the vehicle as they did not feel it was safe staying in the vehicle as they believed their vehicle was going to be struck again due to the traffic conditions. The passenger of the Toyota Van climbed out of the vehicle and climbed over the bridge railing and jumped to the adjacent bridge structure which was only a few feet away.  The driver of the Chevrolet jumped over the railing to the adjacent bridge as well for safety.  The driver of the Toyota Van attempted to jump over the gap in the bridges but was not successful and fell forty to fifty feet onto the ground below.

Beaumont Fire Department and Beaumont EMS responded to the scene. The Toyota driver,   Pierre Moise Patin, W/M, a 52 year old Lake Charles, LA resident succumbed to his injuries from the fall.  Orange County Justice of the Peace David Peck was contacted and pronounced Mr. Patin deceased at the scene.

Shavers Transport Company responded to the scene and transported the victim to Vidor Memorial Funeral Home until funeral arrangements can be made.

Detective Chad Hogan

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Narcotics Arrest 11/17/2015

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On Monday, November 16, 2015, around 7:30 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Detectives, along with assistance from City of Orange Police Department Narcotics Detectives, were working in an area along Interstate 10 East bound near Vidor, Orange County, Texas.

Detectives observed a black Dodge Charger with a Louisiana license plate commit a series of traffic violations.  Detectives conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle near IH-10 and FM 105.  As the Detectives approached the vehicle, they observed the female driver attempting to hide a package that they believed contained illegal drugs.  The female admitted to possessing the illegal drugs and was arrested.  The total amount of drugs found was approximately 9.6 ounces of what was believed to be methamphetamine.

The white female driver was identified as 34 year old Lauren Courmier of Vinton, Louisiana.  She was transported to the Orange County Correctional Facility where she was booked for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a 1st Degree Felony.

On Tuesday morning, November 17, 2015, Courmier was arraigned by District Judge Courtney Arkeen and the bond was set at $300,000.  Courmier remains in custody at the Orange County Jail.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation of this narcotics incident by the City of Orange Police Department and the City of Sulphur Police Department.  Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt said he will continue to utilize all of his available resources, including the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, to help rid Orange County of illegal drugs.

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Shooting Investigation 10/29/2015

UPDATE: 10-30-2015 @ 7:30 a.m.

Investigators worked all night into the morning hours gathering evidence and questioning all persons involved.  The 48 year old man who was found deceased from apparent gunshot wounds was identified as Steven Coutee of Vidor.  The person responsible for shooting Coutee has cooperated with the investigation.  No charges or arrests have been made at this time.

The investigation is still ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.
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On Thursday, October 29, 2015, around 9:10 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 400 block of Florence St., in Orange County, just outside the city limits of Vidor, Texas, in reference to a possible shooting.

Deputies arrived on scene and found one 48 year old man from Vidor deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.  The person believed to be responsible for shooting the man was on scene and cooperated with the Deputies.  He is cooperating with Investigators as they are gathering statements.  It has not yet been determined if the man will be arrested and charged at this time.  Investigators remain on scene collecting evidence and trying to determine what led to the shooting.  The Justice of the Peace Judge Price was notified and arrived on scene during the investigation.  An autopsy will follow once the body is transferred to the Jefferson County Morgue.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and more details will be released when available.

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