(Seguin) -- Three men are behind bars following an extensive investigation into the drug distributions of the 74 Hoover Crips gang. That's according to officials with the Seguin Police Department Special Crimes Unit, which recently obtained a narcotics search warrant for a home located in the 500 block of Avenue C.
The suspects involved in the search warrant on Thursday include Donald Matthews Jr., 33 and Gilbert Brown III, 25. Officers were able to execute the search warrant that morning without incident -- detaining both suspects. During the initial search of the house, officers reportedly located a pound of methamphetamine and a little over $1,000 cash. Outside in a vehicle, officers also located two additional pounds of methamphetamine, one pound of cocaine, a bulletproof vest, a semi-automatic rifle, an Uzi 9mm submachine gun (with a suppressor) and an extended ammo magazine.
Officers say all items inside the vehicle were linked back to Mason Schmidt, 24, also a 74 Hoover Crips gang member. Schmidt, who reportedly confessed to being the owner of the drugs and guns inside the vehicle, was taken into custody and transported to the Federal Building in San Antonio.
Both Matthews and Brown were booked into the Guadalupe County Jail for narcotics possession and engaging in organized criminal activity. Schmidt is charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine (federal charge). The three pounds of methamphetamine are believed to carry a street value of $70,000 while the cocaine is valued at $15,000. All of the narcotics were found to be packaged and ready for distribution/sale.
Seguin PD officials say Seguin shares the national burden of fighting gangs and combating illegal narcotics activity. The department says it is obviously committed to continuing this fight in hopes of keeping the community drug-free.