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Local drug raid scares innocent resident

Local electrician Johnny Gibbs of Lighthouse Electric found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time Tuesday, July 17, as he was swept up in a drug raid at a customer’s house in the 9900 block of Logans Way in the Ashley Pointe subdivision.

Gibbs said he had just left the residence around 6 p.m. after doing an inspection and was sending a text from his truck in front of the house when multiple police agencies – including the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Harris County Precinct 2 Constable’s office and a K-9 unit from the Pearland Police Department – swarmed the house. An armored SWAT vehicle was also used in the raid, Gibbs said, but it was unclear at press time what law enforcement agency had provided it.

“A truck blocked me in, and the next thing I knew, guys with machine guns were running across the yard,” Gibbs said. “I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone.”

During the confusion, Gibbs was detained and placed in handcuffs.

Gibbs explained that he was merely there to give the resident an estimate for electrical work. The officers told Gibbs they already knew this but that he was taking too long to leave the home.

Recounting the story to the Leader the following day, Gibbs still seemed shaken up.

“I was traumatized,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs said he was told by one of the officers at the scene that the male suspect was wanted on a warrant from upstate New York.

Gibbs further said he wouldn’t have expected such a thing from the residents whom he’d just met.

“They seemed like real nice people,” Gibbs said. “They offered to pay me in advance (more than $700), but I told them to just hold off until later. I should have taken the money.”

According to Precinct 2 Lt. Mike Kritzler, the department’s Special Operations Unit assisted the DEA in the raid.

One male was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. At press time, his identity had not been released, as it is part of an ongoing investigation.

More information to follow.

Flood improvement projects planned

Multiple flood improvement projects are being planned for the South Belt community.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn will visit the area on Thursday, July 19, to make an announcement regarding the long-awaited Clear Creek drainage project.

While the endeavor has been in the works for more than 50 years, it lacked the proper funding to move forward. Last week, however, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would allocate $295.2 million of disaster supplemental funding to provide for the project.

At a public hearing Tuesday, July 17, officials from the Harris County Flood Control District discussed several proposed projects associated with the county’s upcoming $2.5 billion bond election. If approved by voters, the issuance of bonds would be spread out over 15 years, and the expected tax increase for most homeowners would be 1.4 percent or less.

The bond election will take place Saturday, Aug. 25 – the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in Houston.

See next week’s Leader for more information.


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