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Suspected meth dealer arrested at home

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wise County sheriff’s deputies raided a house in Newark Thursday afternoon and arrested three people, including an alleged major drug supplier in the area.

In the process, they discovered a large stash of methamphetamine.

DRUG ARREST - The Wise County Sheriff's Office SWAT team raided a home in Newark Thursday afternoon, arresting a suspected drug dealer and confiscating 6 ounces of meth. Submitted photo

DRUG ARREST – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team raided a home in Newark Thursday afternoon, arresting a suspected drug dealer and confiscating 6 ounces of meth. Submitted photo

Sheriff David Walker said the department’s SWAT team confiscated 6 ounces of crystal meth valued at between $17,000 and $20,000. They also confiscated $7,000 in cash they believe to be drug money. The house is located in the 200 block of County Road 4874.

Two of the three were later released, but Jackie G. Minshew, 60, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, greater than 4 and less than 200 grams with intent to deliver, a second-degree felony.

“He’s been a target on our radar for quite some time,” Walker said. “Hopefully we’ll be sending him to prison, and get this problem out of Newark.”

The sheriff’s office used an undercover narcotics officer to make a buy from Minshew. This was then used to get a warrant for his arrest. The raid went smoothly, he said, as Minshew put up no resistance.

“It ended up being a good case,” Walker said. “Six ounces is a big bust. He wasn’t only the top supplier for that part of the county, but he was also a supplier for northwest Tarrant County.

“When you keep selling drugs for so long, you are eventually going to sell to the wrong person – in this case an undercover for the Sheriff’s Office.”

Walker said the investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are probable. He also plans to file civil seizure on the house.

Minshew has been arrested by local authorities numerous times since 2001, including several arrests for possession of a controlled substance, one for evading arrest and another for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Minshew’s most recent arrest was in November 2011 for his alleged involvement in an armed robbery, when he and three others allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint at a hotel room in the Sleep Inn in Northlake.

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