Rep. Farenthold's sister busted for drugs

July 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, July 3 (UPI) -- The sister of U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, was arrested after a raid on her home in Corpus Christi, Texas, police said.

Sue Farenthold, 48, was charged with drug possession after methamphetamine and heroin was found in the house Monday, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported. She was released on bail.

The raid was carried out by Corpus Christi police, a SWAT team and U.S. marshals, officials said. Investigators had received a tip that drugs and a known gang member were at the house, KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, reported.

Police used tear gas when those inside the house refused to respond to a demand that they come out.

Three men, Jesus Juarez, 38, Michael Wayne, 49, and Johnny Reynolds, 40, were also arrested, and remained behind bars Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 bail, the Caller-Gazette reported.

Farenthold, a conservative who represents the Brownsville-Corpus Christi area, released a statement: "I am saddened to learn the terrible news of the situation unfolding around my sister. Tragedy has occurred in my family in the past, and I am saddened it has happened again. I trust that law enforcement officials are doing their job and I support them carrying out their duty, regardless of where it takes them. I love my sister and ask for your prayers for her and the rest of my family as we work through this very difficult time."

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