Raid leads to multiple drug arrests

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, January 28, 2012

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A warrant search on a house in Chico Tuesday led to two arrests for drug possession and helped set up a sting operation for Thursday on an alleged meth dealer out of Haltom City.

As a result of an ongoing investigation, deputies with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a home in the 400 block of W. Sherman Street. Investigators found 19 grams of methamphetamine, more than two ounces of marijuana, 200 pills classified as a controlled substance and equipment allegedly used to measure and distribute narcotics. They also discovered approximately $8,000-worth of stolen property.

Arrested at the scene were Miguel A. Lira, 29, of Stoneburg and Shirley A. Stipes, 49, of Chico. The pair were charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of marijuana. They are both being held in Wise County Jail under $60,000 bonds.

Investigators learned that the house in Chico allegedly served as a location for routine drug shipments. With that information, they set up a sting operation. They arranged for a package of meth to be delivered to Stipes.

On Thursday afternoon, deputies surprised Ketsana Phouttavong of Haltom City. The 32-year-old man, also known as “Little G,” was arrested as he allegedly attempted to deliver two ounces of methamphetamine to the Stipes’ residence. The drugs had a street value of $11,000.

Phouttavong was charged with intent to deliver two ounces of methamphetamine in a drug free zone. He was taken to Wise County Jail with a bond set at $27,500. However, due to a parole violation for a robbery conviction, he is unable to bail out of jail. He has additional “no bond” status from the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Investigators expect to make four more arrests as a result of the investigation.

One Response to “Raid leads to multiple drug arrests”

  1. Rusty White says:

    Could it possibly be our laws are wrong? Could it possibly be those with self serving bigoted agendas have manipulated “ drugs “ in to employment, political gains and fund raising opportunities? Such as politicians getting re-elected, lawyers, judges, da’s, probation officers, police officers, bail bondsmen, jails, prisons, rehabilitation centers, u. a. testing, etc.. Drugs are truly a money maker for “ BOTH “ the supposed bad guys and those that feed their families off the misery of others! Sadly “ both “ sides of this war are sacrificing with their lives, AND FOR WHAT???

    Answer this question for me, please:

    How is it we keep hearing of these ”large drug bust” if we have been on the right path for the last 40+ years, should not the number and size of these bust being going down, “not “ up story after story and year after year?

    How much time, tax payer money and resources went in to this bust? How many tax dollars will be spent for court appointed lawyers, or to house and for healthcare for these people? How many tax dollars will be spent taking care of their families while they are in prison? How many “victims or violence” was caused by this bunch of idiots?

    Take away the “excuse” of drugs, from the good guys and the bad guys! Hold people accountable for their actions that harm others, PERIOD! If they are a theif, then don’t let them say drugs made them do it! Don’t let our public servants violate homes and people using drugs as the excuse!

    There Has To Be A Better Way, help us find it!


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