FREEPORT — Four men were arrested in a residential drug bust just down the street from Freeport Intermediate School, sheriff’s department officials said.

Freeport Police SWAT officers entered a home at the 1700 block of West Sixth Street about 10 p.m. Wednesday and arrested four men, said Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Reioux of the narcotics division. The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant, finding about a gram of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the home, Reioux said.

“It went without incident,” he said of the arrests.

Reese A. Howell, 54; Doyle Eugene Mack, 43; Chad Latier Welters, 33; and Gabriel Antelmo Perez, 33, were booked into the Brazoria County Jail, each on a third-degree charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bonds were set at $20,000 each.

Mack and Welters have bonded out while Howell and Perez remained in custody Thursday evening, a jail official said.

The charges on all four were enhanced to felonies because the home is in a drug-free zone, which extends 1,000 feet from school property, Reioux said. A conviction can carry up to 10 years in prison.

Reioux said the drug bust followed a task force investigation of the home, which authorities suspected was a hub for drug use and sales.

No additional arrests are expected from the operation, Reioux said.

Michael Freeman is a reporter for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0154.

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