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.