DUAL DRUG ARREST & INVESTIGATIONS
Apr 18, 2013
The Liberty County Sheriff
Department’s Narcotics Division working with the Ft. Bend County Drug
Task Force were able to put a major dent in the narcotic traffic in the county
yesterday when a two story house located on CR2145, in the North portion of the
county, was searched and approximately one million dollars of marijuana was
confiscated from an “in door grow” operation. This is the largest “in door”
marijuana set up in recent memory of the Sheriff’s Department,
The case began when the Sheriff’s Department was contacted
by the Ft. Bend Task Force who advised that from an investigation conducted in
their jurisdiction it was determined that a location in Liberty County had an
extensive marijuana growing operation in progress. Ironically, this location
had already been under surveillance by the Sheriff’s department’s narcotics
A search warrant was obtained and agents from several other
agencies along with Sheriff’s departments personnel entered the property at
approximately 2:pm on Wednesday, April 16th. Upon entry into the two
story house, it was found to have every room, both down stairs and upstairs,
completely filled with marijuana plants along with an elaborate lighting and
irrigation system. There was a rather large barn at the rear of this house
which measure roughly 20’ X 100’ and entry was also made into this structure.
Immediately upon entry, agents arrested Ha Van Nguyen an
Asian male 31 years of age. The entire building was also fully equipped with an
elaborate lighting and irrigation system that was still under construction but
not quite operational at this point. Had it of been in full operation, agents
stated it would have been the largest “in-door grow” operation they would have
The value of the 310 marijuana plants recovered from the two
story house is estimated at one million dollars and over $12,000 worth of new
and in some cases still in the box, very expensive lighting fixtures. In
addition, a little over $2,000 in cash was recovered.
Ha Van Nguyen was arrested and charged with Possession of
Marijuana on state charges with other possible federal charges pending. He is
presently in the county jail and as of this time, no bond set.
Nguyen, Ha Van
SECOND DRUG INVESTIGATION: A second drug operation was
broken up at approximately the same time of day as the above case was being
worked and occurred at a home on CR 1335. In this incident, a Sheriff’s unit
responded to a “shots fired” complaint and disturbance call at approximately
4:am yesterday morning. While in the house, Deputies observed, in open view, an
amount of methamphetamine.
Deputies arrested Angela Allen, age 34 and charged her with
“Possession of a controlled Substance”.
Later, after obtaining a search warrant, Sheriff Bobby Rader
along with other department personnel, conducted a complete search of the
residence. During the search an additional quarter ounce of meth, several tabs
of LSD, cocaine along with a vile of unknown liquid was recovered and tagged
for analysis. Indications were that the facility had been a much larger
operation at some earlier date.
Angela Allen later posted a $50,000 bond and has since been
released from the county jail.
Investigation(s) are continuing on both of the above drug
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ALLEN, ANGELA MARIE