Police: La Marque drug bust was 'major'


by TJ Aulds / The Daily News


Posted on February 23, 2010 at 9:54 AM

LA MARQUE, Texas — The drug haul from a weekend raid might have been small, but police insist a major drug selling operation was halted because of it.

Police allege the house on Porter Street was more fortified and heavily armed and was like a retail outlet for crack cocaine.

La Marque police raided a house in the 100 block of Porter early Saturday morning and arrested Kevin Britton, 33, who was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.

Police Chief Randall Aragon said officers also confiscated a small amount of crack cocaine and a cache of weapons.

While the reported drug haul wasn’t large, Aragon and La Marque’s new narcotics officer, Sgt. Marcus Cravens, called the bust significant.

Cravens alleged that the house, for about 20 years, had been a hot drug selling location that’s been raided by police before. Aragon said the house was "well fortified," including steel reinforcement of the doors.

Cravens said Britton’s criminal history, including a 2001 shooting incident in which he was convicted of shooting up a Houston nightclub before he was shot by police, had police geared up for a possible fight before the weekend raid. La Marque was joined by Dickinson, Alvin, Pearland, League City and Baytown police, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in the investigation and 4 a.m. raid.

Britton had a warrant out for his arrest for a probation violation in connection with the conviction in the 2001 shooting.

Britton was shot twice by Houston police after they said he turned a gun on two officers who were working security at a club near Almeda Mall in Southeast Houston.

According to Harris County Court records, Britton was given deferred adjudication and six years’ probation in 2004 related to the nightclub shooting. His probation was to have ended in May.