Drug bust in Orange County; investigators find pounds of meth and marijuana, stolen guns

Drug bust in Orange County; investigators find pounds of meth and marijuana, stolen guns

Several law enforcement agencies teamed together May 2 during a drug bust in Orange County, reports the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, collecting pounds of illegal narcotics and two stolen guns.

According to a news release from OCSO, investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division, in a joint operation with the City of Orange Narcotics and Major Crimes Unit, Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the Beaumont Police Department K-9 Unit, performed a State Search and Arrest Warrant issued by District Judge Courtney Arkeen.  The warrant was effected at a residence located within the 100 Block of Claire Street in Vidor at about 8:50 p.m.

During the search of the residence, investigators reportedly located approximately one half pound of methamphetamine in a vehicle that belonged to a white male resident identified as Ben Doyle Vaughn III.  Detectives contacted the City of Beaumont Police Department and requested the assistance of the Beaumont Police Department’s K-9 Unit. 

The K-9 Units were deployed on the property and after an intensive search, the police dogs alerted on an area in the driveway, OCSO reports. Investigators dug in the area where the K-9 Team alerted and uncovered an additional pound and a half of methamphetamine and a pound of marijuana that was buried in a sealed container approximately 6 inches deep in gravel and clay.

Inside the residence, detectives found two stolen firearms along with an undisclosed amount of United States Currency reportedly believed to be proceeds of methamphetamine sales.

Ben Doyle Vaughn III was arrested and transported to the Orange County Correctional Facility where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance, Penalty Group 1 (methamphetamine), a first-degree felony, possession of marihuana greater than four ounces and less than five pounds, a State Jail felony, and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Justice of the Peace Judge Derry Dunn arraigned Vaughn, and set his total bond at $130,200.  Vaughn was able to make bail on May 3, the day after his arrest, and was released from the Orange County Correctional Facility. 

This search warrant was reportedly the result of a six-month investigation into the illegal distribution of methamphetamine that had been impacting Jefferson County, Orange County, the City of Orange and the Cities of Lake Charles and Sulphur, Louisiana.

The agencies listed above were also assisted in the investigation by the City of Sulphur Police Department and the Texas Rangers, Beaumont Office.