The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team obtained arrest warrants for 7 subjects on Friday, October 15, 2021.
Thomas D Dew, Christi R McPherson, Lionel G Somersall Jr, Sharon N Taylor, Joseph V Lewing, and Kenneth R Smith were arrested Friday evening. Dew, Somersall, Taylor and Lewing were already in jail. Gary D Smith is still wanted at this time.
The warrants are for one count each of criminal conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute schedule II (methamphetamine).
Criminal conspiracy is the agreement or combination of two or more persons for the specific purpose of committing any crime when one or more of such parties does an act in furtherance of the object of the agreement or combination.
T.N.T. Agents began the investigation in December 2020 after Somersall was arrested during a traffic stop for possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth) while driving Dew’s Ford truck. The investigation continued into February and through the summer of 2021.
Agents discovered the communication and relationships between the 7 subjects about illegal narcotics use and sales. Countless hours were spent by Agents and Detectives obtaining and analyzing various digital forensic data of the 7 subjects. Subsequently, all 7 subjects were arrested in August and September for various felony drug and firearm charges. Over 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine was seized during the investigation and arrests of the subjects.
Bonds were set this afternoon at $50,000 each by the 11th Judicial District Court.
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