HOUSTON—A local rapper, his brother and six other people were arrested Wednesday in connection with a large marijuana-growing operation, U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno announced Thursday.
Bryan "Tow Down" Theriot, 33; Bernard Theriot, 37; Warrick "Triple" Washington, 40; Flabio Rodriguez, 30; Clyde Bazile, 44; Timothy Maness, 20; and Kurt Fregia, 23, are charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute.
According to investigators, the group used homes at 1015 Cherry Spring Drive and 12331 Wrenthorpe Drive as marijuana grow-houses.
Investigators said they seized about 253 marijuana plants from the home on Wrenthorpe and another 230 from the home on Cherry Spring.
Kevin Manecke, 27, was charged in a separate complaint after investigators said they found 117 marijuana plants at a home in the 10500 block of Jody Court.
The defendants were all expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon, at which time a judge will determine if they will be released on bond or remain in custody pending detention hearings.
If convicted of the conspiracy offense, the defendants each face a mandatory minimum punishment of five years to a maximum of 40 years without parole, and a $5 million fine.
The charges are the result of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation conducted by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies including the DEA, sheriff’s offices in Fort Bend and Harris Counties, the Katy Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the FBI.