Long-sought crack cocaine distributor captured

Grover Lee Roberts

A year-long joint investigation between the Orange Police Department’s Narcotics Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has resulted in the arrest of a known drug dealer in Orange, Texas. 

According to a press release prepared by Captain Hargrave with the Orange Police Department, on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at approximately 6 a.m., simultaneous warrants were executed at both 1412 S. Hart and 1307 14th St., homes in the control of Grover Lee Roberts.

Roberts is a known long-term distributor of crack cocaine in Orange. He was taken into custody for the federal charge of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine. The sentencing guidelines for this charge are 5 to 40 years in prison.

The warrants were executed with the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and officers from the U.S. Marshals Service. Upon his arrest, Roberts was in possession of a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and an additional 12 grams of crack cocaine was also seized from the address on South Hart.

The U.S. government is pursuing forfeiture of both properties. Other persons in connection with this investigation are being sought, and Orange County is confident future arrests will be made.

In addition to Roberts, Jerry Williams was found at the South Hart address during the execution of the warrants. Williams was also in possession of crack cocaine, and was arrested for the state charge of possession of a controlled substance.