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16 pounds of meth seized: Coleman city officials shocked by record bust

Suspect says alleged meth is sugar; chief says no

Coleman police make largest meth bust...

COLEMAN, Texas - A record meth bust took place in Coleman with officers from multiple agencies seizing 16 pounds of the illegal drug. But city officials say this is part of a broader plan to clean up the city.

The Coleman Police Department, Coleman County Sheriff's Office, Runnel County Sheriff's Office, Coleman Park Police, and Coleman ISD Police were all involved in the investigation.

The agencies executed three search warrants from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, discovering illegal guns, scales, and methamphetamine.

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"Wow, it's not everyday you come across that much," Coleman Police Chief Anthony Smith said.

He said his department had been watching the house where law enforcement conducted the bust, in the 400 block of 10th Street for "a while."

"We're out here trying to clean this up and we're not going to stop," Smith said. "We're going to keep going."

The record meth finding also shocked Coleman's Assistant City Manager David Martinez, although he said it's part of a city plan to beautify Coleman.

"To me, going after the criminal element in town is part of that clean up, and trying to bring our city to be the little shining star in the middle of Texas," Martinez said.

Joe Louis Rosales Jr., 46, and his wife Rhonda, 45, were both arrested during the raid in August. They face several charges, including manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, according to police.

Rosales told KTXS what officers discovered was a jug of sugar, not meth.

Smith said tests prove otherwise.

"He can claim its sugar all he wants to, but we've tested it several times, and it's tested positive everytime we've tested it," he said.

The Coleman Police Department is continuing their investigation, and it could possibly lead to more arrests, according to Smith.


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