Law raids suspected marijuana dealer’s home

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, September 28, 2013

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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.

Oscar Cerda

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.

Sniffed Out

SNIFFED OUT – Sheriff’s Deputy Jay-T Manoushagian, Alcor and Rhome Police Officer Brody Brown served a search warrant at an alleged teenage drug dealer’s house in Rhome Thursday afternoon. Alcor alerted on cash, a stolen firearm and marijuana during the search. Submitted photo

“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.

One Response to “Law raids suspected marijuana dealer’s home”

  1. Rusty White says:


    It is a “known fact” that any money you get from any bank is tainted with drug scent, fact! So how come you don’t take the K-9 in to banks and take their savings? I know it wasn’t found with drugs, right? So if a bag of pot or hard drugs was found in the safe at the bank, and due to the amount of traffic in and out would you take all the money, nope it is a business and not a home, right????

    How much pot was found, was it less than 4 ounces, which is “supposedly” a ticket able offence for an adult in the state of Texas? In an article the Sherriff stated he nor his officers lock people up for “”paraphernalia””, really??Is there proof all these things found are his, or is he just automatically guilty? How much did it cost these people to bond out, how much will it or has it cost we the “tax payers” for the up coming court, jail, officers times, vehicles, fuel etc…

    What was the total cost to the tax payers for this “big bust”, after all an officer has spent “weeks” building this case, right? How much is acceptable traffic to a teenagers home, who gets to decide the number of people who can visit our homes now? How was this not “profiling”, are you claiming “everybody” that was stopped leaving this house broke the law, or were they just stopped for being at this home? Did they all have their pot “before” they went there or after, better yet how many that were stopped had no pot at all? Was this kid so stupid with all the stops and attention to not know he was going to be the subject of a warrant? How many stops are we talking about, and what was the “probable cause” for these stops?

    How many more young people just got “life time” criminal records, there by adding them to the ever growing second class in Wise County? Was the bad guys finger prints on this stolen weapon, is there proof it was his, better yet did he know it was stolen? What kind of “plea agreement” will be forced upon them, with a threat of maximum punishment if they want their day in court?

    While I have no problem doing everything “”legally”” we can from keeping young people from making bad choices, the punishment and cost to “”ALL”” should match the crime, should it not? Sadly every time this happens, our young people more and more start turning to legal drugs to avoid being caught, many times becoming addicted or paying with their lives!

    While this “kid” may very well deserve some “enlightenment”, it should not be at the cost of the rest of his future, should it?

    You can get over an addiction, you never get over a “life time” conviction!



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