Port Arthur man arrested on drug charges

Published 7:16 pm Friday, January 31, 2020

A 26-year-old Port Arthur man that police say has ties to an active gang was arrested on a drug charge after a search warrant was executed Friday.

Port Arthur Police SWAT Team and members of the Port Arthur Police Narcotics and Guns Unit executed the search warrant at approximately 1:10 p.m. at a home in the 1600 block of 19th Street for the possible discovery of cocaine, according to a press release from PAPD.

When inside they found the 26-year-old, whose name has not been released, reportedly converting powder cocaine into crack cocaine using a process of baking soda, water and a microwave. A search of the home produced about 24 grams of crack cocaine, an SKS style firearm and a .40 caliber handgun.

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Police said the man has ties to an active Port Arthur street gang but did not give the name of the gang. He was arrested and booked for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony. Additional gun charges may follow.