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Drug raids lead to five arrests

By Jimmy Isaac jisaac@news-journal.com
March 11, 2011 at 10 p.m.

Authorities arrested five Longview men and confiscated marijuana, pain medication, guns and cash after executing search warrants Thursday at six locations throughout the city.

One of the suspects, 36-year-old Derek Lamar Elam, had five felony drug charges against him dismissed in a Gregg County court. Now Elam and other members of what authorities said was dubbed the "Get Money Clique" might face federal prosecution.

Authorities raided six locations, including 1011 Cole Drive about four blocks from Ware Elementary School. Authorities kept mum on the other locations, but Gregg County Jail records confirmed five arrests at the Cole Drive residence, where police found more than 5 pounds of marijuana, 1-1/2 pounds of hydrocodone pills and five loaded firearms.

Arrested on drug and marijuana possession charges were 34-year-old Kevin Earl Washington; 23-year-old Roderick Genous Jackson; 37-year-old Dwight McKinley; 32-year-old Karry Dewayne Boyd; and Elam, who Longview SWAT officers found hiding in the attic, court records showed.

Elam was released from jail Friday after posting $125,000 bond set by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace B.H. Jameson. McKinley and Jackson remained jailed Friday on $125,000 bond, while no online jail information was available for Boyd and Washington.

In all, officers seized about 10 pounds of marijuana, 3,000 hydrocodone pills, eight handguns and an undisclosed amount of cash, according to a statement issued by Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian.



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