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7 jailed after meth raid on Old Israel Road

 

BY VALERIE REDDELL
Editor
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LIVINGSTON — Sheriff’s deputies and Pct. 4 Constable Bubba Piper arrested seven people in the late night hours May 7 in connection with a narcotics investigation centered around a travel trailer off Old Israel Road, according to a statement released by Lt. Andy Lowrie of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division. Lowrie said the narcotics division has been investigating several recent tips related to methamphetamine distribution in the Polk County area. Those tips led narcotics detectives, Constable Piper and other deputies to the site of the travel trailer Saturday night. As officers approached, Levi James Carr, 21, of Point Blank was seen running from the residence. He was apprehended a short distance away by Det. Randy Turner. Other officers on the scene secured the area and radio traffic about the fleeing suspect brought additional officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Pct. 2 Constable Bill Cunningham and other sheriff’s deputies to the scene. After obtaining a search warrant for the residence, officers found a large quantity of methamphetamine inside. Methamphetamine also was found outside the residence on the ground. The search also uncovered a .22 caliber rifle, one small alligator and prescription medications, Lowrie said. Suspects arrested at the residence include: • Jason Reeves of Livingston was arrested for unlawful possession of firearm by felon and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. • Charles Odom of Livingston was arrested for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, cited for possession of an alligator. • Jessica Jackson of Livingston was arrested for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, cited for possession of an alligator. • Stephen Hix and his brother Anderson Hix, both of Livingston, were arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Both men were arrested approximately three months ago at the horse stables at the Lake Livingston State Park for manufacture/delivery of methamphetamine. • Levi Carr of Point Blank was arrested for evading arrest. The alligator was turned over to a game warden at the scene. Crystal Dawn Heath of Livingston was arrested Tuesday on a motion to revoke probation/felony driving while intoxicated third offense or more. She and another woman, Christina Knighton were at the residence at the time of the search, but were not immediately arrested. “Both subjects are currently being investigated by a regulatory agency and that agency has been notified of their presence at the residence,” Lowrie said. Crystal Heath also had been arrested at the Lake Livingston State Park Horse stables for possession of a controlled substance. Lowrie said that about 90 percent of the tips his division receives turn up a crime. “The tip could be about the distribution of some type of illegal drug in Polk County and when the investigation is concluded the subjects could have just been arrested for marijuana possession, which is common. Most people — not all — but most people who use drugs illegally use multiple types of drugs,” Lowrie said. He cited a recent investigation at Gator RV Park near Beacon Bay where detectives went to the residence to investigate methamphetamine distribution. Detectives found contraband that they suspected is methamphetamine and marijuana. The extent of the investigation that results from tips varies depending on the seriousness of the threat to Polk County citizens. “It can depend on whether distribution is a factor, overall traffic in and out of the subdivisions where honest people have chosen to live and raise their families,” Lowrie said. “We are lucky to have four detectives assigned to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, where most cities or counties have none. I am very proud of the detectives in the division and the work they do for the sheriff’s office and Polk County citizens.”

 

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