By LeaAnne Klentzman
According to sheriff’s spokesperson Bob Haenel, the Fort Bend Narcotics Task Force concluded a narcotics investigation targeting illegal street level crack and marijuana distribution in the city of Richmond. He said the investigation was initiated after numerous complaints were received by nearby neighbors.
Haenel described the raid and an early morning operation where drug agents conducted and orchestrated raid, executing a search warrant at a residence in the 1400 block of Center Street. He said the raid produced an amount of drugs “typical of a street level drug dealer”, which was reported as a half ounce of cocaine “ready to be cooked,” 55 crack rocks that had just been manufactured, 45 grams of marijuana, $4,000 cash and several firearms.
Haenel went on to explain that contraband indicative of manufacturing, packaging, and distributing illegal narcotics at the residence were found.
The two men arrested were identified as Joe Lewis Taylor, 61, and his nephew, Anthony Ray Taylor, 43, whom both reside in Richmond.
Joe Lewis Taylor was charged with Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana. His bonds were set at $200 and $500 according to Haenel.
Anthony Ray Taylor was charged with Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, three counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Possession of Marijuana. His bonds were $260 and $500.
At press time both suspects remained in custody and their money had been seized by law enforcement officials under the Chapter 59 statute.