Fugitive arrest finds 50 lbs. of pot

October 28, 2009 4:27:47 AM PDT
There was a big drug bust on Houston's south side Tuesday night.It happened on Monarch near Almeda Genoa Road just after 5pm. US Marshals were initially going after a fugitive, but found drugs, guns and money during the arrest.

The Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force stormed a home, looking for Shaune Darton, 23. He was wanted on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a family member with serious bodily injury charges.

Authorities say he was keeping an eye on local law enforcement. He had a camera mounted on the front porch, which fed to a TV in the living room.

While issuing the violent crimes arrest warrant, US Marshals didn't realize this was also a drug house. They found 50-80 pounds of marijuana inside, along with hundreds of Xanax pills, cash, a pistol and scales.

With Almeda Elementary just blocks down the street, officers are glad they arrested Darton when they did.

"Once we get in here and establish that it is a drug house, we learn that we have an elementary school right down the street," said US Marshals Deputy Cameron Welch. "So this is a really good arrest to get this guy off the street."

Darton will also be facing charges on top of those he was wanted for, police said.

Deputy Welch said this arrest was initiated by a Crime Stoppers tip, so the person who called the tip in is now eligible for a $5,000 reward.

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