Another Drug Interdiction Bust on Hwy 287

On Wednesday February 20, at approximately 7:04 pm, a Wichita County Highway Interdiction Deputy made a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 287 and Loop 11.  The 30-year-old male driver, Ricardo Cabrera, 1-23-89, and a 30-year-old female passenger, Heather L. Vaughn, 4-11-88, were placed under arrest.  They were transported to the Wichita County Detention Center and charged with Possession of Marijuana over fifty pounds under two thousand pounds and Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 2 over four grams under four hundred grams. 

92.4 pounds of marijuana and 19 grams of a controlled substance were seized.

Former City View Tax Collector Arrested

On February 5, 2019, the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit began investigating The City View Independent School District Tax Office after an internal audit revealed several significant discrepancies involving large sums of money missing.

On February 19, 2019, Wichita County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Judith Ann Heaston, white female, 09-30-1955, the former tax collector for the City View ISD.  Heaston is being charged with Theft over $300.000.00, a First Degree Felony. 

Heaston’s Bond was set at $75,000.00. 00

A Wichita County Highway Interdiction Deputy makes arrest and Seizes a large amount of Drugs

On Friday February 15, at approximately 6:25 pm, a Wichita County Highway Interdiction Deputy made a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 287 and F.M. 368.  38-year-old male driver, Joshua James Gilbertson, 12-8-80, was placed under arrest.  He was transported to the Wichita County Detention Center and charged with Possession of Marijuana over fifty pounds under two thousand pounds and Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG 2 over four hundred grams.  One Hundred Thirty Pounds of Marijuana and One Thousand Eight Grams of THC Wax and Oils were seized.

Two large drug busts for Wichita County Deputy in one day

On Wednesday February 13, at approximately 5:30 pm, a Wichita County Highway Interdiction Deputy made a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 287 and Midway Church Road.  The 23-year-old male driver, Javier Munoz Jr., 6-27-95, was placed under arrest.  He was transported to the Wichita County Detention Center and charged with Possession of Marijuana over five pounds under fifty pounds and Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 2 over four grams under four hundred grams. 

On Wednesday February 13, at approximately 1:56 pm, a Wichita County Highway Interdiction Deputy made a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 287 and S.H. 25.  The 29-year-old male driver, Zaquarius Terell Reese, 5-27-89, was placed under arrest.  He was transported to the Wichita County Detention Center and charged with Possession of Marijuana over five pounds under fifty pounds and Unlawful Carry of a Weapon.  Seven pounds of marijuana was seized.

Large drug bust on Wichita Highway

On Monday February 11, at approximately 1:40 pm, a Wichita County Highway Interdiction Deputy made a traffic stop on U.S. 287 near Burnett Ranch Road.  A Wichita County K-9 Deputy made a positive alert to the vehicle during a free air sniff around the vehicle indicating the presence of narcotics.  82.8 pounds of marijuana was seized.  The 27-year-old male driver, Jerry Trent Harris, was placed under arrest.  He was transported to the Wichita County Detention Center and was charged with Possession of marijuana over fifty pounds under two thousand pounds.

Scam Alert in Wichita County

The Citizens of Wichita County are receiving telephone calls, text messages and emails from an individual who is claiming to be Deputy Melvin Joyner. Some of the emails are including an invoice demanding payment. Others include telephone calls that are stating that the persons being called have an outstanding warrant and that they need to go and get a gift card to take care of the warrant. They will then call back wanting the numbers off of the gift card.

The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office does not telephone, text or send emails to persons who have outstanding warrants. Usually this is done by the courts using the U.S. mail. Please be aware of this current scam going around.

If you receive a questionable call please be feel free to call the non-emergency number at 940-766-8170.

Financial Crimes Suspects Arrested

On Monday December 3, at approximately 1:45 pm, A Wichita County Highway Interdiction Deputy made a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 287 and Midway Church Road. During a consensual search of the vehicle, $75,215.00 in U.S. currency, gift cards not under the names of the driver or two passengers, and two flash drives containing hundreds of names, credit card numbers, pin numbers and zip codes were found.

The driver, Osniel Ramirez, 3-11-84, a passenger, Disney Avila, 5-6-93, and third passenger, Miguel Aguiler, 8-29-91 were placed under arrest. They were transported to the Wichita County Detention Center and were charged with Fraudulent Use/Possession of Identifying Information and Money Laundering over $30,000.00 under $150.000.00.

The three subjects were currently being investigated by the Amarillo Police Department in regards to a large number of Identity Theft Cases that had occurred in that city.

Highway Interdiction Deputy Makes large Drug Arrest and Seizure

On Thursday October 25, at approximately 3:51 pm a Wichita County Sheriff’s Highway Interdiction Deputy made a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 287 and F.M. 1739. The 48-year-old male driver, Lucien Sacha Niccore, 12-19-69, was placed under arrest after a Sheriff’s K-9 made a positive alert on the vehicle. He was transported to the Wichita County Detention Center and was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 2, a First Degree Felony.

657.4 pounds of THC Hash Oil Electronic Cartridges valued at 15 million dollars was seized. Street Value is estimated to be around 30 million dollars. information over the phone. The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office WILL NOT contact you over the phone if you have missed jury duty or if you have a warrant for your arrest. You will be contacted via mail for jury request or missing a court date. You will NEVER be asked to process any sort of payment over the phone. If you are contacted by someone from the Sheriff’s Office and have any question regarding the legitimacy of the information please call the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office at (940)766-8100 ext. 8170.

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2018 National Night Out

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The 2018 National Night Out annual observance will take place on Tuesday, October 8 from 5-8 pm. This marks the 35th anniversary of National Night Out events. National Night Out is designed to generate neighborhood support and participation in crime prevention efforts, and to enhance police and community relations. We will be having a central celebration at the Kamay Volunteer Fire Dept. located at 8537 SH 258 W Kamay, TX. There will be free food and drinks, giveaways, raffles, numerous vendors, and representatives from all the first responder agencies that serve the community. Bring the whole family as we celebrate Wichita County’s National Night Out.

Wichita County Sheriff’s Office Hiring Event

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The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a Hiring Event on July 7th, 2018 from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. at the Wichita County Emergency Management Office located at 110 Jefferson Street in Wichita Falls.

The event will be focusing on hiring Detention Officers to work in the Wichita County Detention Center. This position can open doors within the criminal justice system and can be used as a stepping stone into a career in law enforcement. We encourage anyone who has an interest in serving the community to attend, so we may answer their questions about the position.

Attendees are encouraged to visit the Career Opportunities page to print off and complete their Job Application and Personal History Statement prior to coming to the event.

For more information please contact the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office Recruiter at 940-766-8170.