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Port Arthur man arrested on drug charges

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.

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.