ALTO – An early morning drug raid in Alto on Wednesday yielded the arrest of three people for narcotics-related charges, according to a release from Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell.
John Paul Hicks, 36, of Alto, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and endangering a child, as well as on a warrant for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. He remains in the Cherokee County Jail on bonds totaling $52,000, jail personnel said.
Shanna Hicks Selman, 40, of Alto, is being held at the jail on bonds totaling $30,000 for charges of possession of a controlled substance and endangering a child, while Lufkin resident Rebekah McEntire, 38, is out on bond for a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Occupants at the residence at the time of the raid included two juveniles.
According to the release, on Oct. 9, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Alto Police Department and Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9 Division assisted Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens with a search warrant at a residence in the 900 block of South Marcus Street in Alto.
“Upon the search of the residence, the game wardens also located narcotics-related items. The Cherokee County Narcotic Detective then secured a second search warrant from 369th District Judge Michael Davis, for the residence, for the narcotics,” it stated, adding that items seized under the second warrant include suspected methamphetamine, suspected marijuana and various items of paraphernalia.
All three subjects were arraigned and bonds were set by Cherokee County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Judge Brenda Dominy.
According to Texas Parks & Wild Life Game Warden Captain Michael Hanson, the case initially began as an investigation into a deer poaching incident. “Information, concerning deer poaching, led to Texas game wardens from Cherokee, Anderson and Houston Counties securing a search warrant for the residence of the suspected poacher,” he said.
“Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office held an active warrant on the suspect, as well, and he was arrested on that warrant upon entry into the residence.” Hanson said that during the search, game wardens also discovered narcotics at the scene, and county law officials applied for “a search warrant with a broader scope, as it related to narcotics.”
The poaching investigation is remains ongoing, he said. Agencies involved with the raid included the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Alto Police Department, Texas Parks & Wild Life game wardens and the TDCJ K9 Unit.