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Apple Springs raid nets one drug arrest
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TRINITY – A 38-year-old Apple Springs man was charged with possession or transport chemicals to manufacture illegal drugs during a raid Wednesday, June 29, at his residence. Danny Wayne Smith was taken into custody by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department after officers received a tip that there was a methamphetamine lab operating at the residence, According to Sheriff Ralph Montemayor, Narcotics Investigator Paul Shipper, Trinity County Environmental Officer Robert Knight and Pct. 4 Constable Ronnie Hunt went to the residence, They arrested Smith on the second-degree felony charge of possession or transport of certain chemicals with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance. When they went to the residence, investigators discovered chemicals and ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine both inside and outside of the residence. Investigator also found paraphernalia used to consume meth. Noting the arrest resulted from a tip from the public, Montemayor is encouraging anyone with information about drug or other criminal activity to call his office at 642-1424. Tips also may be made anonymously through the Trinity County Crime Stoppers tip line at 642-2334. Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of a criminal suspect. In another methamphetamine arrest, on Thursday, June 30, Trinity County Sheriff’s Department officers joint the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Angelina County Pct. 2 Constable Trae Trevathan to make a raid on a home off FM 1819 in Angelina County. Not only did the team find a small methamphetamine operation, which according to the condition of the equipment had been used quite often, they also found six grams of finished meth along with guns and high explosives in another building on the property. According to Trinity County Sheriff Ralph Montemayor, the Angelina County deputy who made the discovery of the explosives called Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents to the scene. Although the owner of the home was not present at the time of the raid, another person was and he was taken into custody by the officers. He was released the following day. Raymond Bell, the owner of the property, surrendered to Angelina County authorities on Friday and was charged with the manufacture and possession of methamphetamine. He was free this week after posting a $25,000 bond. Bell also faces possible federal charges in connection with a 14-inch stick of explosives and three blasting caps recovered on the property. Officials indicated that the explosives were not rigged to explode at the time of their discovery.


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