Aryan Brotherhood associate arrested in pink meth raid
The Lufkin Daily News reports the latest trend in methamphetamine resulted in the arrests of three Lufkinites Thursday morning, including an Aryan Brotherhood associate, following an Angelina County Sheriff’s Office raid.
For allegedly selling “pink ice” out of a home at 212 McHale Street, James “Shorty” Simmons, 34, was arrested on charges of delivery and possession of methamphetamine, ACSO Capt. Allen Hill said.
When the SWAT team arrived at the home of Shirley Young around 9 a.m., Simmons, who has been living there about four months, tried to run but was tackled by deputies. As they took him to the ground, they noticed Simmons threw something, according to investigator Mark McLin.
After walking by a dirt-covered, D-sized battery several times, Lt. Pete Cooper stopped to pick it up, discovering the fake “Duraball” battery contained bags of pink crystal meth. Although pink ice, also known as “strawberry quick,” has been around for about two years, this is its first appearance in East Texas, Hill said.
“It’s not strawberry flavored. They just dye it during the drying process,” Hill said holding out three large pink crystals worth about $200. “This is coming from the cartels. It wasn’t made locally.”
Although the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican cartel members don’t get along in prison, Hill said when it comes to the drug trade, they tolerate each other.