According to a press release issued Friday, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office has had an ongoing investigation on Brown County traffickers who obtained significant quantities of methamphetamine from suspects in Brady.

On Wednesday, Brown County deputies, with the assistance of the Brady Police Department, worked cooperatively on a surveillance of a residence at 1411 S. College in Brady. At about 8:15 p.m., a search warrant was executed the Brown County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Unit in concert with the Brady Police Department and the McCulloch County Sheriff’s Office.

Inside the residence officers seized about 60 grams of high grade crystalline methamphetamine (also known as ICE) and associated paraphernalia. At the residence, officers arrested Chester Horton, Victor Jordan Hernandez and Stephen Gomez. Gomez and Horton are known Brownwood area drug dealers. Officers also seized a counter-surveillance system and several cameras.

Phillip David Gomez, also a Brownwood area drug dealer and the target of the investigation, fled the residence minutes before officers executed the hard entry warrant. Cooperative efforts to locate Phillip Gomez are ongoing in McCulloch and Brown Counties.

“The seizure in Brady is one of the largest seizures of methamphetamine in the area for quite some time,” Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said in the press release. “The suspects targeted in this investigation have moved a significant amount of crystalline methamphetamine (ICE) in Brownwood, Brady and in the central Texas area for several months and these arrests could not have been accomplished without cooperative effort. I am especially appreciative of the Brady Police Department and the McCulloch County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance. Drug abuse fuels most of the crime problems we face today and we will responsibly go after the drug problem with cooperative law enforcement.”

Also Wednesday, Brown County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped Timothy Scott Richardson in the 1500 block of Coggin Avenue in Brownwood. With probable cause, Richardson was searched and deputies found about 21 grams of high grade crystalline methamphetamine.

Richardson was also within 1,000 feet of the Coggin Avenue Baptist Church Youth Center and was charged with the enhanced offense of ‘Possession with Intent to Deliver a Penalty Group 1 Substance within a Drug Free Zone’. Richardson was also charged with tampering with physical evidence as he tried to destroy the drugs during the stop by the officers. Richardson was booked into the Brown County Jail.