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Woodville PD takes down drug operation
Tyler County Booster - August 2009
Woodville Police officers found a lot more than they were expecting when they served a Woodville man with a Failure To Appear Warrant July 23. The house where the man was staying turned out to contain drug paraphernalia, a room set up to cultivate Marijuana, numerous guns and money. According to Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department, Woodville Police Officers Hicks and Sheffield went to a residence in the 600 block of Temple to serve a misdemeanor warrant on Mark Angus Callahan, 24, of Woodville.
Callahan answered the door and stepped outside and the officers arrested him. While they were arresting Callahan, they could smell a strong odor of Marijuana coming from inside the residence. “At that time, all the subjects in the residence were removed and detained,” McCulley said. “We secured the residence and obtained a search warrant.” McCulley said that when they executed the search warrant they recovered a number of illegal items from the residence, including handguns, shot guns and rifles. One gun had the barrel and stock shortened to the point that it was illegal. One of the handguns had the serial number ground off, which is also illegal. All the guns and a lot of ammunition were seized by officers.
“A search of the residence recovered drug paraphernalia in every room of the house, which included self-help magazines on how to grow Marijuana, bags and containers that are used to Burn Ban Lifted July 30package Marijuana, and pipes used to smoke Marijuana,” McCulley said. He added that there was a room in the mid-section of the house that had been modified to grow Marijuana with alternate lighting, where they recovered a container where the people at the residence were germinating Marijuana seeds.
The room was set up for hydroponic growing. Officers also recovered some Marijuana from the residence and computer equipment believed to be used in the operation. McCulley estimated that the activities in the house had been ongoing for at least six months. In addition to Callahan, four other people were arrested. Taylor Alan Atkins, 18, of Woodville was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Lucila Gonzalez, 31, of Woodville was charged with two counts of possession of marijuana, prohibited weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of unlicensed use of criminal instrument.
Roy A. Hodge, 22, of Woodville was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Brandon Lee Simmons, 24, of Colmesneil was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. McCulley said that the Department was glad no one was hurt. The combination of guns and drugs results in a dangerous situation for officers.