Grayson County man arrested in 2nd major drug bust in 2 years

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- A Grayson County man faces drug charges after Sherman police served a search warrant on two properties Friday.

This comes a year, almost to the day, after the same man was arrested in Pottsboro with over six pounds of pot.

Sherman police say they found two pounds of pot this time, as well as 300 cartridges of THC oil and $10,000 in cash on property belonging to 31-year-old Joel Trent O'Bannon.

They tell me he was arrested on the scene and faces felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

And this isn't the first time he's faced these very same charges.

Neighbors we spoke with on Tuesday were shocked to find out the police cars they saw on Friday at the townhouses on N Woods were serving a search warrant that turned up drugs.

They were even more upset when they learned the man living there is already facing felony drug charges from an arrest last May.

"We always hear that marijuana and drug usage in itself is a victim-less crime but what you don't see is all the stuff that goes along with it," said Sgt. Brett Mullen with Sherman Police Department.

Court records show in 2018, O'Bannon was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana, after a Denison police surveillance operation led them to over six pounds of marijuana, twenty nine grams of THC wax and $48,000 in cash.

O'Bannon is set for a plea conference for those charges in Grayson County court later this month.

Online court records show he also has a lengthy criminal history including a conviction for marijuana possession, burglary of a building, and theft by check.

"A lot of in and out traffic. A lot of people coming up to a residence, staying for a short time and then leaving. A lot of just in and out traffic is a good indicator that something like this is happening," said Mullen.

Neighbors we spoke with worried about the size of this operation and how close to home it is.

Police say the best way to stay safe if you're worried about something like this is to remain vigilant.

"If they ever see any suspicious activity or think something like this is going on, they should always call the police department. That's what we're here for is to respond to those calls and investigate those sorts of things. So if they see anything suspicious going on or any suspected drug activity, they can always call the Sherman police department, they can remain anonymous and make him aware of what's going on," said Mullen.

Sherman police told us today drug charges cannot be enhanced for repeat offenders but did say judges take previous convictions into consideration while considering their verdict.

People living near the scene of the search warrants were alarmed by what they saw on Friday, saying they have children and pets and don't feel safe now that they know what's next door.