Killeen police have made two major methamphetamine busts in a less than a week.
Why should residents of Harker Heights concern themselves with drugs seized in Killeen?
The street signs separating Killeen from Harker Heights pose no barrier to drug traffickers seeking to vend their illicit wares to Harker Heights citizens. The nightlife in Heights offers an appealing venue for drug traffickers.
In the first bust, Killeen police seized more than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop.
Dimitri Delion Dears, 42, of Killeen was arraigned April 7 on a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver in an amount over 400 grams.
According to an arrest affidavit, Killeen police conducted a narcotics investigation during March and early April that targeted Dears, who police believed was “trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine into the city.”
KPD said they conducted a surveillance of a vehicle April 5, in which Dears was a passenger.
According to the arrest affidavit, “the vehicle was observed traveling at 65 mph in a marker 55 mph zone. The driver of the vehicle was a woman who investigators knew did not have a driver’s license.”
Police said they spoke with Dears, “who did not deny his activities and directed police to speak with the driver.
The driver confirmed the suspect was involved in trafficking of narcotics and advised that she believed the narcotics were under the hood of the vehicle.
According to the affidavit, 2.2 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine was located. Additionally, approximately $2,200 in U.S. currency was recovered and seized.
Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke set bond for Dears at $100,000.
In the second bust, Killeen police nabbed two drug traffickers Apr 5 after initiating a sting operation that yielded a large quantity of methamphetamine.
Jesus Manuel Calderon, 45, and Melissa Diaz, 25 were arraigned on a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver an amount over 400 grams.
According to an arrest affidavit, during a sting operation Killeen police investigators had Calderon and Diaz meet with a methamphetamine buyer at a residence in Killeen.
When Calderon and Diaz arrived at the home, police were waiting, according too the affidavit.
Police obtained search warrants for both suspects and Diaz’ purse. Approximately 676 grams (approximately 23.78 ounces) of suspected methamphetamine was located inside Diaz’s purse and an additional 5 grams were found inside the vehicle, according to the affidavit.
According to police, both Calderon and Diaz admitted to trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine as well as previous methamphetamine trafficking.
Calderon was booked into the Bell County Jail on a $100,000 bond set by Cooke. As of Monday, Diaz remained in the Bell County Jail, according to online records.
I’ve said it before, but this cannot be stressed enough. Long-term methamphetamine usage brings with it severe health consequences, including addiction, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood swings and violent behavior.
Psychotic symptoms are common for seasoned users. These include hallucinations akin to alcohol dependency withdrawal.
Why any reasonably intelligent human being would subject their body and mind to this poison is a mystery to me.
Heights SWAT arrests man after shots fired
Heights police responded to a report of shots being fired April 10 in the 400 block of Brittney Way, according to a police news release.
One man was arrested and no injuries were reported after a Harker Heights police Department SWAT team responded to the shots fired and possible hostage situation call Sunday morning at about 5:30 a.m.
According to the news release, “upon police arrival in the area, officers attempted to make contact with the residents, which resulted in shots being fired inside the residence.
Neighbors told police they believed children were inside the residence.
An HHPD negotiator responded to the scene and attempted to talk the suspect into exiting the residence.
According to the release, “the subjects refused to respond.
SWAT officers made entry and took a male suspect into custody.
The identity of the suspect has not been released.
John Vander WERFF is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, with a decade in city and county law enforcement and 20 years with state police.