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Effort to hide meth increases charges
GROVETON -- What was believed to have been an attempt to hide a small amount of methamphe-tamines has resulted in a suspect facing a maximum penalty. Steven Trevino of Huntington was arrested Sunday following a speeding stop on Highway 94 near Groveton. He was being held this week on a first-degree felony charge of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and a third-degree felony charge of tampering with physical evidence. According to Sheriff Woody Wallace, the arrest came after Deputy Justin Sikes spotted a vehicle traveling about 90 miles per hour on Highway 94 near the "Y" intersection with Highway 287. During a subsequent search, officers found a soft drink container filled with a substance that field-tested positive for meth-amphetamines. Wallace said investiga-tors believe the suspect, in an attempt to hide one or two grams of the illegal drug, dropped it into the drink. The problem with that is that once the drug dissolved into the drink, the entire drink is con-sidered to be methamp-hetamines. "The level of the charge is based on the weight of the drug," Wallace explained. "Instead of being charged with possession of a couple of grams, he was charged with possession of almost half a pound." Under Texas law, possession of up to four grams of meth constitutes a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail. The first-degree felony charge filed in the case is punishable by a prison sentence of from five to 99 years. I other sheriff's depart-ment activity, Cecilia Rooney was charged with failure to identify/giving false information on Sat-urday. Wallace said the woman came to the Trinity County Jail to visit and inmate and gave officers a false name. "Another deputy re-cognized her and knew the name she was giving wasn't correct," Wallace said. He added the woman had an outstanding arrest warrant .