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.

Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or john.ferguson@galvnews.com.

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Lars Faltskog

Well, is there any thought of a connection between the existence of meth and the discovery of the dead cats? Were they part of a drug-induced animal sacrifice cult? Those poor animals. What an awful representation of how bad human beings can be.

gypsysong1

I am at a loss for words and the thoughts I am having about these two disgusting, demented individuals can't be written here.. what the hell is this world coming to every day the crimes are more and more horrific..

Don Ciaccio

They should probably investigate them as serial killers. Animal cruelty is usually a sign there is something mentally wrong with people.

J. Shaffer

Ghastly.

Carolyn Meehan

Swift trial - conviction - public execution

That is the way to deal with vermin...

...and cats are not the vermin here

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Daphne Hall

I have no compassion for sickos like this!! I would like to see them. tortured , just like they did those poor cats!!!

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Daphne Hall

There is a new craze on the internet, I read about it recently. It is called "crush videos". People pay to watch animals being tortured and killed . I hope officials look into this sick case. That is probably what they were doing, it would explain the number of cats found....

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GogoDyan

I want to know if any of these cats were mine that miraculously disappeared. I live close to these people and have had 3 beloved cats vanish.

J. Shaffer

I'm sure that they would run a wand over the found animals to see if any were microchipped. That reminds me, I need to make an appointment for my most recent furry friend....

Ransoma

Not only have cats died in this house. People have too. As many as 3 people have died in this house from drug overdoses. Very sad all around

Tina Phillips

BRIAN CHEEKS WILL PROBABLY GET AWAY WITH IT.... HE'S GOTTEN AWAY WITH SO MUCH.. HE IS A REPEAT OFFENDER BUT NEVER SERVES JAIL TIME...
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