Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
A total of 9 people were arrested in separate narcotics investigations in the Vidor area this past weekend.
The Vidor Police Department announced recently its Street Crimes Unite conducted narcotics investigations at two locations within the City of Vidor late Friday. These investigations led to multiple arrests for various offenses, including Possession of Marihuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Consumption of Alcohol by Minor, Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor, Municipal Court warrants and one Felony Warrant Arrest.
Three people were arrested at a house at 973 Gibson in Vidor. Officers obtained permission to search the premises from the home-owner, Edward Eugene Harvey. Investigators discovered Harvey, along with Heather Mae Collier and Felicia Lee Shutts to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, including a water pipe, snort straws, a marijuana roach, baggies and various pipes. Collier was also arrested for two outstanding Vidor Municipal Court warrants.
The Street Crimes Unit followed up with an investigation at an apartment complex located at 655 S. Archie St. in Vidor.
Investigators located five men in “an open area of the apartment complex” where they were listening to loud music and consuming alcoholic beverages. Three of the men were discovered to be in possession of marijuana, while two were found to be in consumption of alcohol by minors. Two of the men were “found to have” furnished alcohol to the minors.
The men, identified as Joel Rodriguez Velazquez, Angel Roberto Navarro Doblado, Zachery Taylor Brodeur, Marcos Tulio Martinez, and Freddy Manuel Vasquez, were taken into custody and transported to the Orange County Jail.
Officers with the Vidor Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit also went to a business at 420 S. Main in Vidor, where James Henry Lunsford was located and arrested for an outstanding felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance issued out of Jefferson County.
“The Street Crimes Unit will continue to actively pursue those involved in criminal activity and target those who are actively dealing narcotics in our community,” said Chief Dave Shows of the Vidor Police Department. “These investigations stem from citizens getting involved and working together with law enforcement. By working together, we can build a safer community for our children.”