Five people have been arrested and large quantities of drugs were seized on Wednesday and Thursday following back-to-back busts by Sherman Police.


In an emailed news release, the Sherman Police Department said Wednesday’s narcotics investigation centered on an apartment in the 1800 block of West Washington Street was carried out just before 3 p.m.. Four male suspects, ages 19-22, were arrested during the operation and face felony charges, including drug possession and tampering with evidence.


“During the investigation, detectives located and seized over 3,500 grams of ‘lean’ — a beverage containing prescription cough syrup —, approximately six ounces of marijuana, over 100 oxycodone pills, and over $14,000 in cash,” the news release said. “Along with the drugs and cash, detectives also seized an AR-15 (rifle) and a 9mm pistol.”


And on Thursday, at approximately 1 a.m., Sherman PD executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1700 block of E. Pecan Street. Officers arrested a 29 year-old male suspect for drug possession, felon in possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence.


“Detectives located and seized nine pounds of marijuana, over an ounce of THC wax, multiple pills and three semi-automatic firearms,” Sherman Police said.


A juvenile at the residence was released into the custody of Child Protective Services and the suspect was additionally charged with endangering a child.


Sherman Police Sgt. Brett Mullen said the arrests and seizures were not related and the department’s investigation into each matter began on Wednesday. A estimated street value for the drugs was not immediately available Thursday, But Mullen said the seizure was instrumental in maintaining public safety.


“This is excellent work by our officers and detectives to get dangerous drugs and guns off the street and out of criminals’ hands,” Mullen said. “Seizing the oxycodone pills and prescription medications is especially important as they can be extremely addictive and often cause unintentional overdose deaths.”


Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith@heralddemocrat.com.