'Operation Ice Storm' in Rusk County results in 5 arrests

Published on Friday, 27 June 2014 05:51 - Written by

Staff reports

Five people were arrested in June during three searches as part of Rusk County Sheriff’s Office drug bust dubbed “operation ice storm.”

The searches also yielded the seizure of methamphetamine, ecstasy, marijuana, firearms, stolen property, and money, according to a news release.

On June 16, Jonathan Swindell’s home on County Road 4114 in the Carlisle community was searched using a warrant.

Numerous drugs and paraphernalia were seized, and two people were arrested. Jonathan Swindell, 34, was charged with possession methamphetamine and ecstasy, both third degree felonies. He also has pending charges for delivery of a controlled substance, the release states.

Traci Berry, 23, of Henderson was charged with the possession of a controlled substance, a state jail felony.

On June 19, Jerry Warren’s home on County Road 4132 was searched, and more drugs were confiscated, along with a prohibited weapon, a suspected stolen television, and a reported stolen Suzuki motorcycle, the release states.

Jerry Warren, 34, of Henderson was charged with possession of methamphetamine, and has pending charges for theft.

Amanda Dickerson, 30, of Henderson, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for theft and possession of a prohibited weapon charges are pending.

On June 23, Curtis Howard’s home on County Road 1114 in the Laird Hill community was searched, and drugs, drug paraphernalia, five firearms and money were found.

Howard, 31, of Kilgore, was charged with manufacture and delivery of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony and possession ecstasy, a third-degree felony. He also faces additional charges of delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

James Dennis, 34, of Kilgore, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a state jail felony.

All search warrants were issued by Rusk County Court at Law Judge Chad Dean.

The searches and arrests resulted from a joint investigation by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, The Rusk County District Attorney’s Office, the Henderson Police Department Narcotics Division and the East Texas Auto Theft Task Force.

Additional arrests are anticipated from the investigation, the release states.