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Woodville residents caught growing marijuana two years ago arrested again

Tyler County Booster

Two Woodville residents who were arrested on drug and weapons two years ago, were arrested again last week after their vehicle was stopped following a reckless driving report. On August 9 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Tyler County law enforcement reponded to a call about a reckless driver on Hwy. 69 between Hillister and Woodville. Officer John Fuller went south of Woodville on an attempt to locate and spotted a vehicle fitting the description, turning on CR 4260 (Seneca Road), across from Allison Chevrolet. Fuller noted that the driver of the pickup, Mark Angus Callahan, age 27 of Woodville, was intoxicated and the odor of alcohol was present. Texas DPS Trooper Buck Odom was called to the scene to assist. Callahan was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, his second offense. In the rear seat of the vehicle, a second passenger, Lucilla Gonzalez, age 33 of Woodville was observed to have empty beer containers. A third passenger, located in the front seat, was Granville Owen Dennis, Jr., age 20 of Woodville. In addition to the subjects b e i n g noticeably intoxic a t e d , F u l l e r also recognized marijuana residue on the seat and clothing of Dennis and observed a black tote bag located next to Gonzalez. Officers searched the bag and found two capsules that were later determined to contain cocaine powder, several tablets of the drug Ecstacy and Hydrocodone, a l o n g with 1 lb. of marijuana. Gonzales was arrested for possession of more than 4 ounces and less than 5lbs. of marijuana, a state jail felony. Her bond was set at $15,000 by Judge Bryan Weatherford. Dennis was charged with Public Intoxication and was issued a fine by Judge Judith Haney. Trooper Odom also charged the driver with possession of a controlled substance group one, possession of marijuana greater than 4 oz, and less than 5 lbs., possession of controlled substance sub group 2 and possession of a controlled substance sub group 3. Total bond for Callahan was set by Judge Weatherford in the amount of $42,000. Two years ago, the Tyler County Booster reported the Woodville police department went to the 600 block of Temple Street with a search warrant on July 23, 2009. Callahan and Gonzalez both resided at this residence, allegedly growing marijuana in the home using hydroponics. After a search, law enforcement found marijuana, growing equipment, how-to magazines and also guns with serial numbers scratched off and prohibited weapons, meaning the weapon had been illegally sawed off. Gonzalez was charged by law enforcement with prohibited weapons, unlawful use of a criminal instrument and possession of marijuana. Callahan was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. According to District Attorney Joe Smith, Callahan was a felon in 2009 due to a conviction of burglary of a habitation that occurred back in 2002 and was given five years probation in addition to fines. On the 2009 charges, the Gand Jury “no billed” Callahan for the firearm charges, and the drug paraphernalia charge considered a class C misdemeanor. Smith also went on to say the grand jury also no billed Gonzalez during the same time, for the criminal instrument charges. (A “No Bill” means that the Grand Jury found insufficient evidence to support an indictment). She was given three years probation plus fines for the weapons charges and the possession of marijuana was a misdemeanor leading to 10 days in jail and a $500 fine. Both Callahan and Gonzalez are currently out on bond.

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