New information on Texoma's 6th Meth bust this week. Newschannel 6 has obtained mug shots and arrest affidavits that detail the drug bust.
Acting on a Crime Stoppers tip, the Clay County Sheriff's Office and Department of Public safety officials went to 4715 FM 2393 at 4:06 p.m. Thursday and found over 400 grams of liquid Meth and 24.6 ounces of Meth in the powder form.
"Over 400 grams of liquid meth is a lot of methamphetamine," says Clay County Sheriff Kenny Lemons, "It powders out to a lot of folks and its sent it out to the streets."
Deputies arrested 43-year-old Eric Ray Menasco, his wife, 39-year-old Kerrie Michelle Menasco and 41-year-old David Lyn Anderson.
"They were sleeping and evidently cooking for the last several days," says the Sheriff.
All three are from Burkburnett.
Sheriff Kenny Lemons tells us one of the suspects, Eric Ray Menasco was out on parole since July of 2010 at the time of the arrest.
"Look at his wrap sheet. He's on parole. I just talked with his parole officer awhile ago and she said 'Oh my God! He was just in my office yesterday.' And I said 'You should have tested him because he's been doing dope for 3 days in a row!' "
Menasco's previous charges haven't just been for drugs. Sheriff Lemons showed Newschannel 6 Menasco's wrap sheet. Among the charges listed were robbery, assault, larceny, unauthorized use, dangerous drugs, possession, evading arrest, unlawful carrying of a weapon, and deadly conduct. The report also showed that Menasco has been in and out of prison since 1993.
Anderson also has a criminal history. Looking at his record, the sheriff counted 10 DWIs in Wichita County.
Now, all three suspects have another two felony charges: engaged in organized criminal activity with possession of methamphetamine and engaged in organized criminal activity with manufacturing.
Each of them is being held on a $300,000 bond.
The Sheriff couldn't be happier the suspects are in custody.
"We all took care of business and we put 3 bad people in jail. We put them in there and that's where they need to be," he says. "And as far as I am concerned, they need to sit there as long as it take to either get them to stop what they are doing or protect us from them."
The community also seems to have a watchful eye over one another. A Crime Stoppers tip helped to alert law enforcement officials of the lab.
'It was a Crime Stoppers tip and its tips like that," explains Sheriff Lemons, "That's how we do our job and that also shows the success of Crime Stoppers. When folks get involved and law enforcement know, that's how we solve some of these cases."
The Sheriff's office received the tip around 3:15 Thursday afternoon. Less than an hour later, law enforcement officials were at the house.
Even though the success of the bust helped take some drugs off the streets, Sheriff Lemons says the Meth problem is a big one for Texoma, especially highlighted with the 6 recent busts in the past week.
"It is as bad now as it has ever been. It is a scourge on the nation and I'll tell ya, it's bad all over North Texas," he explained. "It's such a big problem and it takes all of us to try to work on it."
To see a slide show of mug shots, along with a detailed account of what has happened so far in Texoma's war on meth, click on Newschannel 6 Paul Harrops's story: String of Meth Busts Keep Deputies Busy.