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    Six people representing three generations of a family are accused of running an extensive crack cocaine operation out of their northeast Harris County home.
    On Thursday, Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested six people — all related — after a five-month investigation centered on their house in the 12800 block of Magic Drive.
    The investigation was prompted by numerous complaints about activities at the house, sheriff's spokeswoman Christina Garza said.
    The eldest of those arrested is James Gibbs, 65. The youngest is Lugene Davis Jr., 33. Detectives say they believe Gibbs is Davis' grandfather.
    Also arrested was Lugene Davis Sr., 59, and his wife, Mary Davis, 62. Sheila Ann Sowell, 45 — their daughter — was taken into custody along with a cousin, Darryl Lynn Jones, 47, detectives said.
    They were later charged with delivery of a controlled substance and engaging in organized crime.
    Mary Davis said she had just returned home from a trip to Walmart when the Houston police SWAT team raided the home.
    "They came in and they knocked the window out. They came in through the back door and the front door. I said, ‘Please just don’t shoot my kids.'"
    Davis denied the allegations that she was involved in narcotics trafficking.
    "I didn’t sell nothing to nobody,” she said. “I don’t need to be lying about that."
    Davis said the investigators ransacked her house after they served the search warrants.
    "You should see my house. They pulled the (burglar) bars off. They kicked in the back door," Davis said. "I did not have no dope in this house."
    Sgt. Bart Bedingfield, of the sheriff's street-level narcotics unit, said the case was unusual.
    "You don't see on a state level organized crime (charges) on a whole family for selling dope," Bedingfield said.
    Making the initial approach to the home was a challenge, he said.
    "They had lookouts down the street. Every time an unmarked car came, they would signal and the house would be shut up," Bedingfield said. "They wouldn't even answer the door."
    The home's windows were fortified with burglar bars.
    "You couldn't even get on the front porch without ripping the burglar bars off," Bedingfield said.
    Undercover narcotics officers were eventually able to gain the family's trust and began purchasing drugs.
    "We had to keep going back so we could get each family member," Bedingfield said. "It's the first time I've ever seen that many generations selling."
    Although sheriff's officials said complaints from nearby residents had initiated the investigation, one neighbor said he never had any trouble with the family.
    "They were just real quiet. We never had any problems," said the neighbor, who declined to give his name.
    The neighbor said he was struck by the large number of people who live in the house, and by the steady stream of visitors. "It wasn't too unusual to see a whole bunch of people over there," he said.
    SWAT officers with the Houston Police Department served the arrest warrants early Thursday morning. The defendants were later released on bail.
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    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/7513667.html
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    the mugs show that they are not attractive. the sad thing is that someone else in the family is more then likely stepping up to the plate to keep the family business going.
    ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
    Oscar Wilde

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    • #3
      Originally posted by texaschickeee View Post
      Six people representing three generations of a family are accused of running an extensive crack cocaine operation out of their northeast Harris County home.
      On Thursday, Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested six people — all related — after a five-month investigation centered on their house in the 12800 block of Magic Drive.
      The investigation was prompted by numerous complaints about activities at the house, sheriff's spokeswoman Christina Garza said.
      The eldest of those arrested is James Gibbs, 65. The youngest is Lugene Davis Jr., 33. Detectives say they believe Gibbs is Davis' grandfather.
      Also arrested was Lugene Davis Sr., 59, and his wife, Mary Davis, 62. Sheila Ann Sowell, 45 — their daughter — was taken into custody along with a cousin, Darryl Lynn Jones, 47, detectives said.
      They were later charged with delivery of a controlled substance and engaging in organized crime.
      Mary Davis said she had just returned home from a trip to Walmart when the Houston police SWAT team raided the home.
      "They came in and they knocked the window out. They came in through the back door and the front door. I said, ‘Please just don’t shoot my kids.'"
      Davis denied the allegations that she was involved in narcotics trafficking.
      "I didn’t sell nothing to nobody,” she said. “I don’t need to be lying about that."
      Davis said the investigators ransacked her house after they served the search warrants.
      "You should see my house. They pulled the (burglar) bars off. They kicked in the back door," Davis said. "I did not have no dope in this house."
      Sgt. Bart Bedingfield, of the sheriff's street-level narcotics unit, said the case was unusual.
      "You don't see on a state level organized crime (charges) on a whole family for selling dope," Bedingfield said.
      Making the initial approach to the home was a challenge, he said.
      "They had lookouts down the street. Every time an unmarked car came, they would signal and the house would be shut up," Bedingfield said. "They wouldn't even answer the door."
      The home's windows were fortified with burglar bars.
      "You couldn't even get on the front porch without ripping the burglar bars off," Bedingfield said.
      Undercover narcotics officers were eventually able to gain the family's trust and began purchasing drugs.
      "We had to keep going back so we could get each family member," Bedingfield said. "It's the first time I've ever seen that many generations selling."
      Although sheriff's officials said complaints from nearby residents had initiated the investigation, one neighbor said he never had any trouble with the family.
      "They were just real quiet. We never had any problems," said the neighbor, who declined to give his name.
      The neighbor said he was struck by the large number of people who live in the house, and by the steady stream of visitors. "It wasn't too unusual to see a whole bunch of people over there," he said.
      SWAT officers with the Houston Police Department served the arrest warrants early Thursday morning. The defendants were later released on bail.
      [email protected]
      http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/7513667.html

      Actually, living in some bad neighborhoods when I was younger, this is not that uncommon. From what I have observed, if they are not directly involved, they are at least permitting them to sell drugs on that same property. 62 is a bit old to be getting caught up in the drug game. Well, all 6 of them put together and they can muster an IQ of 80 on a good day. So, hopefully they can all brainstorm together, in hopes of avoiding this next time.
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      • #4
        Jason, they all know better. they are all old school at this time in their lives. good and bad neighborhoods have dope in them. if you read it and the ages they were all parents in their teans and what not.

        When I worked in a parole office we had 2 families that 2 or more living in the house on paper. father and son, siblings and the like. I was just shocked that the 63 YO is selling (and prolly using) crack. typically at that age its alcohol and pot.
        ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
        Oscar Wilde

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        • #5
          Originally posted by texaschickeee View Post
          Jason, they all know better. they are all old school at this time in their lives. good and bad neighborhoods have dope in them. if you read it and the ages they were all parents in their teans and what not.

          When I worked in a parole office we had 2 families that 2 or more living in the house on paper. father and son, siblings and the like. I was just shocked that the 63 YO is selling (and prolly using) crack. typically at that age its alcohol and pot.
          Texaschickeee, my post wasn't filled with sas, but with sarcasm. Haha. I definitely get your point. It is rather shocking, my grandparents at that age. were going to church or watching some silly TV show before they went to bed at around 4:45pm. LOL but, actually, that would have been the 80's or late 70's so I guess times were a little bit different. My point, is that some families, are in the drug game all together. I went to high school with people like that. For them, the behavior was normal and it was "the family business". They are what they are, but I will not be shocked or saddened if I hear something like this.
          Last edited by jason860; 04-09-2011, 08:06 PM.
          Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
          ~Mark Twain

          Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
          ~Thomas Jefferson

          "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."
          — Horace Mann

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          • #6
            I have a triple generation on probation caseload right now. All drug related. Absolutely recockulous.

            Grandfather, father and son.

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