The Altus Police Department, with the help of the Oklahoma District Attorneys District 3 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, assisted in the investigation and arrests of four suspects at America’s Best Value Inn at 1501 E. Broadway St. Tuesday, Nov. 28, after investigators discovered narcotics.
Francisco Cantu Jr., 34; Eric Cantu, 26; Bryan Torres, 28; and Kristen Wright, 23, were arrested after police served a felony arrest warrant on Cantu, Jr.
Cantu Jr. was charged with possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction, trafficking in illegal drugs, possession of a controlled and dangerous substance with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. A bond of $200,000 has been set for those charges.
Eric Cantu, Torres and Wright have each been charged with trafficking a controlled and dangerous substance, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a police scanner in the commission of a crime and harboring a fugitive.
According to a probable cause affidavit from the Jackson County District Attorney’s office, a search warrant executed in two separate rooms where the suspects were staying at the motel led investigators to find narcotics, including methamphetamine, cocaine and black tar and powder heroin as well as weapons, cash, a police scanner and drug paraphernalia.
Cantu Jr. made an initial appearance in front of a judge on Thursday, Nov. 30. A preliminary hearing date was scheduled for Cantu Jr. for Jan. 4, 2018 at 1:15 p.m.
Eric Cantu, Torres and Wright are currently being held at the Jackson County Jail waiting to make their initial appearance in court Thursday morning. An appearance bond of $200,000 has been set for Eric Cantu, $150,000 has been set for Torres and $100,000 has been set for Wright.
Initial appearances are held weekly and provide defendants the opportunity to hear their charges, bond amount, court date and to discuss legal counseling options with the judge and district attorney.