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2012-11-08

Medina bust nets illegal drugs, firearms

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

A two-month investigation by local law enforcement authorities has led to the arrest of a Medina resident. According to a report, he had in his home an undisclosed quantity of illegal drugs, two stolen firearms, an illegal sawed-off shotgun and an illegal machine gun.
On Friday, Nov. 2, Precinct 3 Constable Don Walters, assisted by Precinct 4 Constable Rod Chalmers, served a warrant on Christopher Reese, 26, at his residence on Stringtown Road. The constables were joined by narcotics officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, weapons specialists with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, deputies with the Bandera County Sheriff's Office and investigators with the office of 216th District Attorney Bruce Curry.
Before the search warrant was issued, Walters and a BATF agent had recovered two other illegal automatic weapons. This confiscation led the officers directly to Reese and his cache of illegal drugs and weapons.
While officers were completing their investigation and securing the evidence at the scene, Walters observed a second individual enter a nearby residence. Aware that this individual was also being sought in connection with illegal activity, Walters, along with Chalmers and two DPS narcotics agents, surrounded the second residence. After eventually surrendering, Ryan Pipes, 35, also of Medina, was arrested after turning over a small quantity of drugs. Additionally, the as-yet unidentified home-owner surrendered more drugs from the residence. That case is under further investigation.
BCSO deputies completed the operation by recording and securing the evidence seized during the operation.
"All law enforcement agencies were actively involved in this successful endeavor," Walters said. "This case is a prime example of the effectiveness of joint effort and cooperation of all law enforcement agencies in the quest to fight our local drug problems."
Reese was charged with felony possession of a PG 1 controlled substance. Federal charges against him stemming from the illegal firearms are pending. Pipes was charged with misdemeanor possession of less than two ounces of marijuana in a drug-free zone. Both men are free on bond.
Warrants have been issued for two other suspects involved in the incident.