GEORGE WEST – Two Massachusetts men were arrested in Live Oak County on Tuesday, June 4, and charged with attempting to purchase 2 kilograms of cocaine from undercover police officers.

Charged in connection with the crime were Zachary Driskoll, 29, and Matthew Fisher, 41.

Lance Rathke, the narcotics investigator for the Live Oak County Sheriff’s Office, said Driskoll flew to Corpus Christi and Fisher drove from Massachusetts in order to make the deal. Fisher is Driskoll’s uncle.

“The agreed upon price was $52,000, and $55,788 was seized,” Rathke said.

Because of difficulties with a past contact in the area, the men were promised two additional kilos of cocaine free of charge as part of the deal.

The men were released into the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Office on Thursday, June 6, and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. A hearing before a judge is still pending to determine if a bond will be set.

The case was a joint operation of the Live Oak County Sheriff’s Office, the Office of Homeland Security and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Also assisting were the George West Police Department, the South Texas Task Force and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Jeff Osborne is the editor of The Progress. He can be reached at 361-786-3022 or theprogress@mysoutex.com.