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Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2009 12:00 pm | Updated: 8:15 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Hayley Kappes

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON – A Bell County grand jury indicted three Killeen men Wednesday for their alleged roles in one of the largest cocaine busts in the county's recent history.

Terrence Damien Ford, 38; Keith Lemar Warren Jr., 31; and his brother, Kevin Lemar Warren, 27, were charged with possession of 3,000 grams of cocaine with the intent to deliver, on Dec. 23.

An officer was at an apartment in the 3700 block of Y.S. Pak Court to deliver a separate arrest warrant on an unrelated charge for a woman who lived there.

First Assistant District Attorney Murff Bledsoe said Wednesday the officer noticed a bag filled with marijuana on the couch and could smell marijuana smoke. He also saw people scatter through the apartment once he entered.

Officers and organized crime detectives returned to the residence later that evening with a narcotics search warrant, according to the arrest affidavit. Ford and the Warren brothers were present at the time.

Officers observed four measuring cups coated with cocaine residue, a digital scale, baking soda and other items consistent with the manufacture and distribution of crack cocaine.

About 2 pounds of marijuana and 3 kilograms of powder cocaine were found in the kitchen area. A .40-caliber handgun was also found in the apartment, the affidavit stated.

Bledsoe said this was the largest drug bust in the county since he began working for the district attorney's office more than 20 years ago.

"Officers recalled that it was the largest cocaine bust in the county in a very long time, the longest that anyone working can recount," Bledsoe said.

According to the indictment, Kevin Warren was convicted Nov. 8, 2002, of burglarizing a habitation, a felony. Keith Warren Jr. was convicted Dec. 19, 2002, in the 52nd Judicial District Court of Coryell County of delivering marijuana in a drug-free zone, also a felony.

If convicted of the Dec. 23 drug charges, Ford faces 10 years to life in prison, and the Warren brothers would serve from 15 years to a life term, Bledsoe said.

Contact Hayley Kappes at hayleyk@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7559.

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