Robert Wesley Morris

WACO — A 35-year-old Copperas Cove man is being held on federal drug charges following the conclusion of a joint task force investigation into the distribution of large quantities of crystal meth in Bell and Coryell counties.

The investigation resulted in the seizure of a combined 6.3 pounds of drugs with a street value of $93,000, according to police officials.

Robert Wesley Morris, of Cove, was one of four suspects arrested in connection to the bust, police say. All four men are being held in federal custody in Waco.

The other suspects being held are Javier Ivan Lopez, 36, Thomas Castillo, 37, and Ronnie Apple, 46, all of Dallas.

The investigation was conducted by the Bell County Organized Crime Unit, an independent investigative group that was formed in 2010 to conduct proactive investigations of organized criminal activity in the Bell County area.

The unit was assisted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bell County Sheriff’s Department and the Temple, Waco and Hillsboro police departments. The unit is composed of agents assigned from local police departments.

The massive drug seizure net approximately 2.2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 3.1 pounds of GHB and 1 pound of marijuana, according to police officials.

Contact Kyle Blankenship at 254-501-7567 or

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