The Bell County Organized Crime unit arrested five individuals it believes were involved in distributing large quantities of methamphetamine within the Bell County area.

According to a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the arrests were the result of a multi-agency investigation, and resulted in the seizure of about 3.9 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, which has a street value of more than $140,000.

The arrests also netted $14,000 in cash and three firearms.

The individuals arrested were Pablo Vasquez, Christopher Alvarez, Stephanie Steen, Gonzalo Baldovinos and Jamie Sanchez. They are currently in custody in Bell County and McLennan County jails, and federal drug charges are pending.

Agencies involved in the investigation included the Killeen Police Department, Temple Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, McLennan County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Marshals Service, Woodway Police Department and the Lorena Police Department.

The Bell County Organized Crime Unit was formed in 2010 and includes representatives from local law enforcement agencies, including the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, and the Killeen, Harker Heights, Temple, Belton and Copperas Cove police departments.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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