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5 East Texans arrested in cross-county drug raids

HENDERSON COUNTY, Texas (KETK) - Two cross-county raids by Henderson County Sheriff's Office narcotic investigators and deputies led to the arrests of two suspected drug dealers and three more suspects 

“These coordinated drug raids were conducted by a dozen members of our team with the assistance of local police,” Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said. “It is this kind of all-out effort that is helping us put a chill down the spines of dealers in this County.”

Investigators obtained a probable cause search warrant for a residence on Hickory Drive in the Sportsman Paradise Subdivision, just south of Chandler.

According to Sheriff Hillhouse, Ryan Rasch, 23, of Chandler, was charged with possession of a substantial amount of methamphetamine, possession of heroin and possession of marijuana. He also was caught with items commonly used to sell and distribute illegal drugs, according to officials.

Darrel Porter, 59, of Chandler, was also arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

A separate search was conducted across the county on Loving Lane in Gun Barrel City.

Jerry Prince, 63, of Gun Barrel City, was found with methamphetamines and was unlawfully carrying a firearm, according to Sheriff Hillhouse.

Jennifer Noe, 40, of Gun Barrel City, was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance after being arrested with methamphetamines, baggies and scales used to distribute the drugs.

John Harwell, 26, also of Gun Barrel City, was taken into custody after law enforcement says he provided a false name and date of birth and was found to have outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Noe faces a charge for drug dealing, according to Sheriff Hillhouse, and Harwell was taken into custody for the warrants and new charges for failing to identify himself as a fugitive from justice.

“Law enforcement operations like these take time and teamwork,” Sheriff Hillhouse said. “But, that is what it takes to rid this county of these dealers and get their poison off the streets.”

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