By Victor O'Brien
Killeen Daily Herald
Killeen police stumbled upon about $1.2 million worth of suspected crack cocaine ingredients Tuesday in what Killeen police believe is Bell County's largest cocaine bust.
Officers from Killeen's organized crime and patrol divisions arrested three men and found more than 3,000 grams of powder cocaine and 80 grams of crack cocaine inside two town homes. The homes are suspected of being a base where powder cocaine was converted into crack cocaine, a Killeen police news release stated.
"It's the largest drug bust in Bell County history. That's very gratifying. That's a lot of dope off the streets," Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said.
The incident started Tuesday evening when an officer was delivering an arrest warrant on an unrelated charge in the 3700 block of Y.S. Pak Court. The subject of the arrest warrant was not there, but an officer spotted marijuana in the residence.
Organized crime detectives, along with patrol officers, went back to the address later Tuesday night and executed two narcotics search warrants at two town homes, a Killeen Police Department news release stated.
Smith described it as a situation where the officer was "in the right place at the right time" and made the most of a good observation.
According to an arrest affidavit, police also found two pounds of suspected marijuana, a .40-caliber handgun, four Pyrex measuring cups with suspected cocaine residue, a digital scale, baking soda and other paraphernalia commonly used to make and sell crack cocaine.
Kevin Lemar Warren, 27; Keith Lemar Warren Jr., 30; and Terrance Damien Ford, 35, were arraigned Wednesday by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on one charge each of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver in an amount over 400 grams. Bond was set at $300,000 each. The men were still in the Bell County Jail Wednesday night, officials said.
Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver over 400 grams can carry a prison term of 15 to 99 years and in some cases life in prison, along with a $250,000 fine.
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