By Megan Whitworth
Five people were arrested during a raid on an alleged chop shop in Shepherd on Friday, Feb. 2.
Matthew Follis was arrested and charged with nine counts of theft of vehicle, possession of controlled substance and felon in possession of firearm. Alexandria Holloway was arrested on nine counts of theft of vehicle, possession of controlled substance and felon in possession of firearm.
Shain Whitmore was arrested on two counts of vehicle theft. Everett McAdams was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Shasta Cole was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with the Montgomery County Auto Theft Task Force and the Liberty County Constables Office received information that numerous stolen vehicles were located at two addresses in SJC. Deputies learned the addresses of the stolen vehicles were at 410 Our Road and 50 Little John Road, both inShepherd, according to a press release by Lieutenant Scott Spencer of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
At about 6:45 a.m. on Friday, law enforcement officials executed the search warrant and have recovered eight stolen vehicles, three firearms and numerous amounts of narcotics including: marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and Oxycontin medication, according to Spencer.
SJC Sheriff Greg Capers said that it was approximately $300,000 - $400,000 in total cost of vehicles.
As a result of the investigation, Deputies also learned that the two locations had known connections to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. Due to the violent history of the criminal gang, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, along with Homeland Security Investigations and Texas Department of Public Safety were called in to assist with the execution of the search warrant.