TTPD investigation nets several arrests connected to LCB/I-30 Cartel

More arrests are expected according to the TTPD police chief.
More arrests are expected according to the TTPD police chief.(Texarkana Texas Police Department | TTPD)
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 10:32 AM CDT
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TEXARKANA, Texas (KSLA) - Several men are behind bars following an eighteen-month investigation into alleged criminal activity by the LCB/I-30 Cartel.

“I’m very proud of the extraordinary work of our detectives,” said Texarkana Texas Police Chief Kevin Shutte. “These were not easy cases by any standard. They had to pull out just about every tool in their investigative toolbox to finally be able to get to the bottom of what happened and discover the truth. They’ve simply refused to give up – and they’re still going.”

An eighteen-month investigation of alleged criminal activity by the LCB/I-30 Cartel gang in the Texarkana area has...

Posted by Texarkana Texas Police Department on Tuesday, June 28, 2022

In a Facebook post by TTPD, it stated that during the homicide investigation in the death of Jermaine Aldridge, police learned that his death was a “murder for hire plot.” Eventually, they determined that Aldridge’s death was a part of a much larger series of criminal acts by LCB/I-30 Cartel gang members.

Police believe that the LCB/I-30 Cartel was involved in the shooting death of a 35-year-old man as he sat outside a business in the 1700 block of W. 3rd on July 15, 2021. That shooting took place only minutes following an incident where another man was tied up inside his W. 16th Street home and robbed at gunpoint by several men.

Charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity for Murder are:

  • Courtney Hope, 33, Texarkana, TX – being held in Bowie County Jail ($1.21 million bond).
  • Van Grissom, 34, Texarkana, TX – being held in Bowie County Jail ($1.2 million bond).
  • Cedric Alexander, 21, Wall, MS – being held in Bowie County Jail ($1 million bond).
  • Calvin Gardner, 31, Desoto, TX– being held in Bowie County Jail ($1.2 million bond).
  • Cornell Brown, 30, Memphis, TN – being held in MCSO for Capital Murder in the Sept. 20, 2021, shooting death of Keith McFadden in Texarkana AR. A hold has been placed on him for the felony warrants issued for Texas incidents.

Charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity for Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Robbery:

  • Courtney Hope
  • Van Grissom
  • Cedric Alexander
  • Calvin Gardner
  • Cornell Brown
  • Vonquildric Abraham, 29, Texarkana, TX – being held in Bowie County Jail ($200,331 bond).
  • Derial Greenwood, 34, Texarkana, TX – being held in Bowie County Jail ($80,000 bond).
  • Courtney Williams, 32, Memphis, TN – in custody in Mississippi and awaiting extradition to Texas.

TTPD detectives also have felony warrants for Markeis Richardson, charging him with engaging in organized criminal activity, aggravated assault and aggravated robbery.

TTPD spokesman Shawn Vaughn said that all the men involved are believed to have ties to the LCB/I-30 cartel.

“The LCB as well as the I-30 Cartel, these are two groups that have apparently come together to enhance their drug dealing enterprise here,” said Vaughn. “Obviously they are working in the Texarkana area. I don’t know if it goes any further than that, but they are very active apparently. The crimes they are charged with would say they are a very dangerous group.”

Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in the investigation.

“We expect more arrests to be made soon,” Chief Shutte said. “We’re asking that anyone who might have any information about these crimes – or any other crimes that LCB/I-30 Cartel has committed or is directly involved in – to reach out to either Detective Cliff Harris or Detective Tabitha Smith.”

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