SJCSO: Million dollar drug operation busted in Cleveland area

Strainers containing methamphetamine were found at a house in the Cleveland area on Friday. Two people were arrested.

The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office and the San Jacinto County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office received an anonymous tip regarding a potential narcotics laboratory at a local residence in Cleveland, Texas, on Friday, Jan. 15.

After the joint agencies formed an operation plan, Sgt. Cortez, K9 Deputy Hardy and a Deputy Constable with Precinct 2 attempted to conduct an investigation at 700 Devin Road in Cleveland.

As deputies approached the residence to conduct an investigation, two suspects fled on foot, at which time Sgt. Cortez and K9 Deputy Hardy pursued the suspects. After a brief pursuit, Cortez and Hardy apprehended the two suspects without incident.

As a further investigation was conducted, deputies stumbled upon a massive narcotics laboratory inside the residence, resulting in an approximately 100 Kilos of Methamphetamine, well over a million dollars in street value.

Suspects Eduardo Gutierrez and Efrain Mora-Equihua were both arrested and transported the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office and booked into jail without further incident.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. Watch what happens when Biden opens the border , that Mexican meth will overwhelm law enforcement and destroy communities like Liberty County.

    • Lets hope you are wrong. Sjc and surrounding county’s are overwhelmed with murders while as our law enforcement arrest the judge handing out bails like Mcdonald’s hands out dollar drinks!

  2. Hell meth been overflowing in this area long before Biden became president been. Around all 4 years trump was president doesn’t matter if it’s Mexican black or white it’s still meth.

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