SANTA FE —Police officials raided the home of a couple charged with planning to sell crystal meth and discovered the remains of nearly two dozen cats.
Authorities said the cats “appeared to have been tortured and killed.”
Brian Cheek, 39, and Veronica Springer, 38, of Santa Fe were arrested Friday afternoon during a raid at their property in the 4000 block of Avenue N1⁄2 in Santa Fe. Cheek was arrested on a first degree felony charge for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and is being held on $300,000 bond. Springer was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance and is being held on $20,000 bond.
According to a news release from the Santa Fe Police Department, the couple was a target of a lengthy narcotics investigation.
During the raid, police recovered 9 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a scale and packaging material, as well as an all-terrain vehicle that had been reported stolen.
They also made a more gruesome discovery on the couple’s property —the remains of 20 cats.
Police say they found evidence of strangulation, blunt force trauma, disembowelment and burns among the cats. All of the remains were found on the couples’ property, including one in a box in the bed of Cheek’s truck.
Santa Fe police Sgt. Eric Bruss declined to provide additional information about the animals, including whether any animals had any tags or signs of ownership.
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the suspected case of animal cruelty and more charges are expected to be filed.