On Sept. 23, the Liberty County Sheriff Department’s Criminal Interdiction Unit executed a narcotic search warrant at a residence located at 715 Hwy. 321 in Dayton, TX on the South end of the county. After receiving several citizen complaints about narcotics being sold at this residence, the Criminal Interdiction Unit conducted an extensive investigation into these allegations and determined there was sufficient evidence to support these complaints.

A search warrant was issued for the residence by Judge Chap Cain, 253rd District Court where Joseph Detiege (homeowner) DOB April 19, 1979 and Keri Wells DOB November 16, 1983 were arrested and charged with narcotic violations.

During the search of this residence, Deputies recovered 15 tabs of Ecstasy, 73 grams of Marijuana, 101 pills of Soma, 44 pills of Xanax, 65 pills of Hydrocodone, $2,612.00 of U.S. currency and $2,550.00 in Counterfeit bills.

During this investigation, it was determined that Detiege was printing counterfeit money and it is quite possible that some of the bills have been passed in the Dayton area as well as other locations. Both Detiege and Wells were taken into custody and transported to the Liberty County jail.

Joseph Detiege was charged with Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a second degree felony as well as another charge of Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a State Jail Felony. Keri Wells was charged with Possession of a Dangerous Drug. Detiege bond was set at $210,000 by Judge Stephen Hebert, Pct. 1, Justice Court.

The investigation continues into the counterfeit operations with the assistance of the U.S. Secret Service.

Sheriff Bobby Rader added, “…As we continue to conduct these narcotic investigations, it has come very apparent that the continued assistance from citizens in the community reporting these complaints resulted in the conclusion of this successful investigation…”.

Sheriff Rader further added that he encourages all citizens of the County to report any information regarding narcotic trafficking or other violations of the law to the Sheriff’s Office or the appropriate law enforcement agency in your area immediately.

To report narcotic trafficking or other violations to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, please submit an anonymous crime tip on the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office website or report the allegations by telephone to (936) 336-4500. All tips are kept in the strictest of confidence.


WELLS                                                                         DETIEGE