DALLAS -- An apparently fake 911 distress call led to the discovery of a crack cocaine distribution operation at a rental home owned by Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, according to police and court records.
Authorities found a stolen high-dollar car in the garage, as well as a gun stolen out of Mesquite, during a search of the Caracas Drive home early Friday. Bryan Webster, 36, is being held in the Dallas County jail on a felony drug delivery charge in connection with the raid.
Debbie Denmon, a spokeswoman for Watkins, said in an e-mail that Webster is not the person listed on the lease.
News 8 has learned that the man renting the home is Corey Nelson, and he has been on probation several times for felony drug cases in Dallas County.
Denmon said in response to questions from News 8 that Watkins was not aware of Nelson’s criminal history.
“Mr. Watkins is investigating if [the] property manager dropped the ball or was duped by Nelson, because it is a requirement for [the] property manager to check backgrounds,” Denmon said.
Denmon said her understanding is that Nelson is moving out. He has leased the home for about two years.
“Mr. Watkins feels as if the incident is unfortunate and that this incident shows, if it can happen to him, it can happen to anyone who owns rental property,” she wrote. “He does not condone any alleged illegal activity on his property.”
The events that led to the drug bust began with a 911 call late Thursday night. A woman called 911, claiming that she was hiding in a closet at a home in the 6100 block of Caracas Drive near Red Bird Lane and South Polk Street. The woman had told the 911 operator that she heard her front door being kicked.
Police arrived and found Webster and another man standing next to a car parked in the circular driveway of the home. The officers found the front door ajar with “signs of forced entry,” according to police records. Police then entered the home and conducted a “protective sweep” of the home, the records state.
During the sweep, police saw two bags containing crack cocaine on a bookshelf in a bedroom.
Officers did not find the woman and she could not be reached on the number that she called 911 from. Police later discovered a note in the garage indicating that someone was retaliating against the people that lived there for something that had occurred.
Patrol officers notified narcotics detectives, who obtained a search warrant for the home early Friday morning.
During a search, they found crack cocaine and a scale in one bedroom; rock and powder cocaine in another bedroom; and packaging and related paraphernalia and a large amount of marijuana in the kitchen. Authorities seized ammunition and two guns, including the one stolen from Mesquite.
Police seized $2,578, including nearly $2,000 found on Webster. They seized drugs totaled 37.1 grams of cocaine and 327.5 grams of marijuana, the documents state.
The house, owned by Watkins and his wife, Tanya, is listed in appraisal district records as being worth about $100,000. They have owned the home since at least 2000, according to appraisal district records.
Detectives interviewed Webster and he “admitted to supplying individuals with cocaine at the residence,” the documents state. In 2003, Webster received a four-year prison sentence for possession of a controlled substance.
“The amount of cocaine, packaging material, guns and digital scales […] are all consistent with the operation of a drug distribution enterprise,” according to police records.
Webster is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail. He declined a request for a jail interview.
Webster, a convicted felon, told police that he lives there and had keys to the home. Authorities found utility bills in his name, according to police records.