More than four pounds of meth, 31 pounds of a date-rape drug, $14,000 and guns have been seized in Parker County after authorities were tipped off by Weatherford students.
Fourteen people connected to the drug bust were arrested by members of the Weatherford/Parker County Special Crimes Unit.
“It is inevitable that big city crime will creep into our community, but we will utilize all resources available to us to make those criminals regret their choice,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said.
In March, investigators identified a group of suspects who were believed to be involved in a multicounty drug distribution conspiracy, according to a Parker County Sheriff’s Department news release. The investigation began when Weatherford school resource officers reported that students had told them that a Weatherford resident was selling large quantities of drugs.
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Investigators identified Kortney Dei Stepich, 36, and Stephen Lee, 34, as key suspects, according to the news release.
While investigating a burglary case, authorities discovered suspects who were planning to sell or trade stolen firearms to Lee and others for drugs, the release said.
Lee and Stepich were arrested and were in the Parker County Jail on Friday, each facing a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.
After serving more than a dozen search warrants, Parker County officials seized more than four pounds of methamphetamine; four guns; about 31 pounds of gamma-hydroxybutyrate, better known as GHB, the date-rape drug; and $14,000 in cash.
One suspect is still being sought and, because the investigation continues, more arrests may follow, the release said.
Others arrested included Colton Bigham, Ariel Brown, Brandon Malaspina, Chelsea Duncan, Sue Mobley, Coty Franks, Tandyn Moran, Landon Gass, Nicholas Gomez, Michael Higgins and Ascencion Vela, according to the release.
Vela is in the Dallas County Jail, while the other suspects were booked into Parker County Jail, according to the release.