Documents, cash, drugs confiscated in Sherman bust

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Thousands of personal documents stolen by thieves, along with thousands of dollars in unexplained cash, was confiscated by Sherman Police. All of that and more was taken from a local motel.

Officers say they were stunned when they found thousands of personal documents, thousands of dollars in cash, and laptop computers in two motel rooms at the Hampton Inn in Sherman.

The entire bust kicked off when a motel guest called police saying they smelled marijuana coming from the next room.

When officers arrived, they found ten people, a filing cabinet, briefcases containing thousands of documents, more than $19,000 in cash, and marijuana.

The documents detectives found had lists of names, addresses, dates of birth and social security numbers. It is unclear where this information came from or how it was obtained by the suspects, all of whom were U.S. citizens, of Nigerian descent, and all with addresses in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Shaquel Nicole Alexander, Mike Tyrone Thomas Jr., Danielle Laree Johnson, and Tendeka Parirentatwa were arrested for drug charges. Two of them already had active warrants.

The other six were released but investigators say they could still face charges.

"The individuals involved couldn't explain reasons for being in Sherman, or their reasons for having that much cash on them. They also could not show gainful employment to explain how that had that much money on them." Sherman Police Sgt. Bruce Dawsey said.

Besides not being able to account for the cash, none of the suspects would claim ownership of the four laptops.

Sgt. Dawsey says this bust is just the beginning, and they say other law enforcement may soon join the investigation.


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  • by bet Location: dallas on Feb 12, 2008 at 01:49 PM
    those peopel don't look nigerian, they must be told to say that they are nigerians. why the other six were let go.do the police have there Finger print or CHECKOUT there ID.
  • by it's me Location: sherman sum hoes on Jan 31, 2008 at 05:54 PM
    first, it's the media so half the story its't true and second the police are some theives. Have them tell the real story if the not out shopping.
  • by jp Location: sherman on Jan 31, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    Other news sources say the others will face other charges. They weren't "just let go". Besides do you think the bond amount on this charge would be able to keep someone who has $20,000 cash on them. DONT THINK SO
  • by here Location: gone on Jan 31, 2008 at 01:37 PM
    why would you u let the other 6 go this is stupbid
  • by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2008 at 01:37 PM
    if they had peoples id why were they released just because they would not claim the ileagle items
  • by Lynn Location: Sherman on Jan 31, 2008 at 11:52 AM
    To Tori: Hey "idoit", you spelled idiot wrong. Ha, ha.
  • by Boo Location: Sherman on Jan 31, 2008 at 11:13 AM
    Executive Inn might not be the best place in town, but you can always count on the friendly folks at Cheers and Jamie's famous Gumbo!!!!!
  • by KAREN Location: OKLAHOMA on Jan 31, 2008 at 09:30 AM
    Finger prints would prove who has used the computers.
  • by Jess on Jan 31, 2008 at 09:24 AM
    I can't believe they released the other six. If they knew how to get other citizens personal information, you better believe they have already done that and taken another person's identity. If I happened to be one of those people, I would file charges on the Department for letting known identity theft criminals back out on the street.
  • by tori on Jan 31, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    OMG, people making comments on this story are idoits
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