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Officers raid meth lab, manhunt nets suspects
Trinity Standard -

TRINITY – An Oklahoma couple was charged with the felony manufacture of a controlled substance after Trinity County Sheriff’s Deputies and Trinity Police raided a suspected methamphetamine lab in the Trinity Cove subdivision. William Frank Vanover, 37, and Natasha Maria White, 19, were charged with possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance. The raid came Wednesday, April 6, when officers executed a search warrant at a Trinity Cove residence. Trinity County Narcotics Investigator Paul Shipper has received information about a meth lab operating at the residence and after arriving at the scene, he observed items consistence with the manufacture of methamphetamines. Sgt. Randy Wheeler of the Trinity Police Department was called to the scene with the city’s drug detection dog, Eric, to assist. After the dog gave a positive “alert” that illegal drugs were present, officers obtained a search warrant from Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Bernie Beard. During that search, Shipper found more chemicals and other items inside the residence that are used to make methamphetamines. At the time of the search, the occupants of the residence were not a home. While the chemicals in the house were being seized, another Trinity Cove resident reported seeing a man and woman matching the description of the home’s residents trying to break into a vehicle. Sheriff Ralph Montemayor called Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones and with the assistance of the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department, (TVFD) began closing off the area by setting up observation posts on roads and exits. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) also sent two tracking dogs to the scene to help located the two suspects. Both Vanover and White were taken into custody a short time later in a vehicle on FM 356. Montemayor voiced his thanks to the Trinity Police Department, TDCJ, TVFD and the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol for their assistance in the case. “This is a clear sign; we will not tolerate drug dealers in our neighborhoods or our county,” the sheriff said. Anyone with information about possible illegal drug activity in their neighborhood is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at (936) 642-1424 or the Trinity County Crime Stoppers at (936) 642-2334.


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