Rhome Police and Wise County Sheriff’s Office found drugs, money and a stolen firearm when they searched an alleged teenage drug-dealer’s home in Rhome Thursday afternoon.
Police were searching for 17-year-old Oscar Cerda at his home in the 200 block of East 2nd Street. The Northwest High School senior was not there, but the county’s drug-sniffing dog led officers to a stash of marijuana, $2,300 cash, a stolen handgun and packaging materials in his bedroom.
Rhome Police Officer Brody Brown had been watching the house for several weeks.
“There was always a lot of traffic coming in and out of the home, which is unusual,” Brown said. “I’d made a couple of traffic stops on people leaving the home who were in possession of marijuana.”
Brown gathered enough evidence for probable cause and executed a search warrant at the house with the help of the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.
“When we got there, we found five people, one of them being a juvenile, smoking marijuana in the backyard,” Brown said.
Cerda was not home, but they arrested the four adults, including Cerda’s brother, Hector, 20, of Justin; Brandon Chaney, 18, of Justin; Allen Cole and Allen Marsburger, all for possession of paraphernalia, and transported them to the Wise County Jail.
Police are still searching for Oscar Cerda who faces multiple charges including distribution and unlawful possession of a firearm.