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80-year-old convicted drug dealer gets 15 year sentence
Polk County Enterprise - April 2008
LIVINGSTON — During a sentencing hearing in Judge Elizabeth Coker’s 258th District Court, 80-year-old Albert John Minovich, 80, of Onalaska, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on three charges of possessing and selling prescription drugs. Jurors found Minovich guilty Feb. 5 on all counts after a short deliberation. During a lengthy investigation by Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce, narcotics Lt. Andy Lowrie made audio recordings of several drug transactions Minovich made. During a search and seizure at Minovich’s residence in the Canyon Park subdivision offi cers found 1,149 hydrocodone pills, 769 Xanax (Alprazolam), 2,320 Soma (Carisoprodol) and 98 other pills including Viagra (Sildenafi l), Lowrie told the jury during the trial. . An earlier seizure included 1,565 prescription pills, according to Polk County Assistant District Attorney Joe Martin. Daniels trial begins for delivery charges Jurors will begin hearing testimony relating to charges that Charles David Daniels sold fi ve rocks of crack cocaine to an undercover offi cer on Jan. 8, 2007. Assistant District Attorney Joe Martin said evidence will include tape recordings of the transaction on Jan. 8 as well as another seven rocks sold on Jan. 10. Narcotics offi cers taped another purchase of four large rocks on March 8 and obtained a search warrant of the defendant’s house. Martin said the defendant has a criminal history that includes several trips to prison. “He faces a minimum sentence of 25 years,” Martin said.
Texas law also provides sentencing ranging up to life for “habitual offenders”. During the execution of the search warrant, officers were aware that this defendant had in the past hidden cocaine in his mouth in a small plastic bag. The search warrant included searching the man’s mouth and officers had to force his jaw open with a flashlight, according to Martin. Retaliation sentencing Judge Coker also sentenced Wilbert Arceneaux Jr. to 10 years in prison this week for threatening to shoot two Livingston police officers. The charges stem from an incident on Sept 16, 2007 during which time an officer saw Arceneaux strick a female passenger in a vehicle. Officers initiated a traffic stop and Arceneaux became very aggressive, Det. Ken Bohnert said. He was taken into custody for assaulting the woman, no driver’s license and no liability insurance. Once at the jail, Arceneau continued resisting with officers and he threatened to shoot Kevin Ward and Scott Paske.