The Port Arthur News
Sometimes even a narcotics officer can be surprised by a drug bust.
Members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, acting on a citizens tip, executed a search warrant at a home in the 3900 block of Sunberry in Beaumont at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday.
What they found inside the home was more than what they expected: Seven pounds of hydroponic marijuana, 25 Molly pills which contain MDMA more commonly known as ecstasy, one-half ounce of DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, approximately 25 gallons of THC oil, or tetrahydrocannabinol, hashish, a small amount of drug filled edible candies shaped like Lego blocks and $10,203 in cash.
Deputies arrested Conrad Hammon, 32, of Beaumont for felony possession of marijuana and additional charges are pending.
The pungent smell of marijuana permeated the air inside the police academy room at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility as Sheriff Mitch Woods and JSCO Capt. Troy Tucker spoke of the narcotics bust on Friday.
Samples of the items seized from the bust lined a table in front of Woods and Tucker and included grocery store style plastic bags filled with marijuana buds as well as marijuana in Ziploc baggies and vacuum sealed bags, DMT powder, a paper sack with mushrooms, tar-like hashish, pills and Mason jars with liquid sitting next to a half full 5-gallon bucket.
“These are samples from what was seized,” Tucker said. “This was a detailed operation.”
He explained that the garage and bedrooms of the home had been converted for the operation and there were multiple refrigerators allegedly used to grow the mushrooms.
“The THC (chemical compound in marijuana) was extracted with a typical pump connected to a pressure cooker and alcohol was used to break it down,” he said.
The one item that worried law enforcement the most was the small stacks of drug infused Jell-O shaped like Lego blocks.
“Seeing this,” Tucker said, “as a parent, I don’t want my kids around it.”
While deputies do not know if the Lego candies were meant for youth or adults they believe the operation was targeting a younger audience, Woods said.
Tucker said they have seen other drugs disguised as candy including “Gummy rocks” in which the user would insert a needle and extract the substance.
The street value for the drugs vary — from an estimated $35,000 for the seven pounds of marijuana and $500 for the Molly pills — while other items such as the 25 gallons of THC oil, deputies are unable to place an value.
It is not known how long the narcotics operation was in existence.
“This case sprung up on us in a week,” he said.
Five people resided in the home and the suspect made a statement to law enforcement.