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3 arrested after bullet passes through neighbor's home

May 9, 2014 at 12:09 a.m.

Dedrick Griffin

Three men were arrested on drugs and weapons charges after Cuero Police Department officers responded Monday to a disturbance in the 1000 block of West Church Street.

The caller, a 77-year-old woman, said she heard a loud explosion while sitting in her living room when she saw a projectile come into her house, according to a news release from the Cuero Police Department. The woman was not injured.

The projectile entered the home near the kitchen, traveled through the kitchen cabinet, exited the cabinets and then struck and shattered a window, according to the news release.

During the investigation, officers noticed a projectile hole in the east wall of the adjacent home, also in the 1000 block of West Church Street. It was visible from the woman's house.

Officers determined the hole in the second house appeared to be fresh because the wood did not appear weathered, according to the news release.

Contact was made with the three men inside the home - Anthony Austin, 23; Quenton Mathis, 23, and Dedrick Griffin, 19, all of Cuero.

After gaining a search warrant through Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Peggy Mayer, officers searched the home and found numerous weapons, including a Remington 700 rifle with scope, loaded with a live round in the chamber; a Remington 20-gauge shotgun; a Remington model 35; Smith and Wesson M&P AR-15 rifle with magazine; a 9mm Ruger P85 pistol with a full clip and a round in the chamber; and a high point 9mm pistol.

The four long guns had been reported stolen from a location in rural DeWitt County, according to the news release.

Drugs, narcotics and paraphernalia were also seized during the search. Drugs including crack cocaine, marijuana appearing to be packaged for sale and distribution, alprazolam, hydrocodone, synthetic marijuana and about $1,080 in cash were found.

The men were arrested and transported to DeWitt County Jail.

Griffin was charged with deadly conduct, four counts of theft of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams, possession of marijuana between 4 ounces and 5 pounds, manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams and abandoning or endangering child and criminal negligence.

Austin was charged with deadly conduct, four counts of theft of a firearm, possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces, manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance between 4 grams and 200 grams and possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams.

Mathis was charged with deadly conduct, four counts of theft of a firearm, possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces, manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance between 4 grams and 200 grams and possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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