The Delta County Sheriff’s office conducted a drug bust on July 12, 2016 in Cooper, TX after eight weeks of undercover investigation. The investigation involved 15 undercover drug purchases at different addresses by an undercover commissioned officer during the last two weeks of the investigation before the arrests were made. Seven individuals were arrested with two still on the loose. Those arrested were Roy Edward Battle with felony delivery of a controlled substance and misdemeanor delivery of marijuana, Janie Natasha Crist with four counts of felony delivery of a controlled substance and one count of delivery of marijuana, Michael Darrell Johnson with misdemeanor delivery of marijuana, Anthony J. Pease with two counts felony delivery of a controlled substance, Andy James Soto with one felony delivery of marijuana and one misdemeanor delivery of marijuana, Kerena Renee Talley with one count of delivery of controlled substance, and Trey Odis Harmon with one count of delivery of a controlled substance.
Outstanding warrants remain on Wyzer Ray Moore with one count felony delivery of a controlled substance, and Kerry Lee Jones with two counts of felony delivery of a controlled substance. “I am confident that we will catch these guys within the next week or two,” Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith said.
Sheriff Smith believes that this bust was an isolated event and has not connection with any larger drug operation. According the Sheriff Smith it was mostly meth, which he described as “a plague on our nation,” was the primary illegal substance involved in the investigation. After the results of this investigation, Sheriff Smith is certain that it has helped substantially reduce the drug problem in Delta County.