Five people were arrested Tuesday after lawmen served a narcotics search and arrest warrant at a south Brownwood drug house, seizing 67 grams of liquid and crystal methamphetamine.
    Brown County Sheriff’s deputies and Brownwood police officers, assisted by Early police and Texas Ranger Jason Shea, served the no-knock search warrant at 11:39 a.m. at a home in the 1900 block of Fourth Street.
    Sheriff Vance Hill said the house is “absolutely” a drug house where dealing has occurred.
    The sheriff’s office tactical team breached the door, made entry and took the five suspects — who were all in the master bedroom — into custody without incident, sheriff’s officials said. They were all charged with possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone.
    Sheriff’s narcotics detective Carlyle Gover identified those arrested as:
    •  Acey Sliger, 40
     • Brian Sims, 44
    • Delsie Darnell, 46
    • Rachel Perez, 33
    • Lisa Gross, 31
    “It was a shooting gallery over there,” Gover said, referring to the used and loaded needles found in the house.
    Lawmen had found just trace amounts of methamphetamine when Sheriff Vance Hill and Brownwood Police Chief Terry Nichols spoke with the media in front of the house. The larger amount was found later in the afternoon.
    Sliger, who is known to law enforcement as an alleged dealer, was the target of the search and arrest warrant, Hill said.
    “This was a joint investigation by the sheriff’s office and Brownwood Police Department,” Hill said. “We obtained a search warrant locally. We executed it this morning. We detained five individuals — three females and two males.”
    Law enforcement officials had been receiving complaints about drug dealing in the neighborhood, Hill said. “We’re excited about this, because if you all will turn around and look, there’s the Boys and Girls Club right behind you,” he said.
    “It’s not going to be tolerated.”
    Nichols said the joint raid was “a great opportunity to show what we’re doing together … we’re stronger together. You can see the volume of drug use that’s going on in this neighborhood, and the complaints came from the people in this neighborhoods.
    “The investigators acted swiftly to try to jump on this.”
    Nichols said citizens are encouraged to contact law enforcement or Crime Stoppers about drug issues in neighborhood. “If you have a problem like this in your neighborhood, call us — we’ll come,” Nichols said.
    “As you see to today, we will come. … For people that are dealing in the community, we will come find you.”
    Even if lawmen had found no more than the initial trace amount of methamphetamine, the raid was “absolutely” worthwhile, Hill said.
    “The more of these people we can put in jail and the more drugs we get off the street, the better this community will be,” he said.
    Nichols said while law enforcement officials “obviously want to get the dealers,” those who are users are subject to arrest.
    Nichols also urged addicts to “get help” before they find themselves in the criminal justice system.
    Gover, the narcotics detective, agreed that the raid would have been worthwhile even if a small amount of methamphetamine had been found.
    “It would have been a successful raid if we got a dirty pipe,” Gover said.