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Suspect charged after trying to flush drugs
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GROVETON – A 65-year-old Lufkin man was arrested at the Trinity County Jail in Groveton while attempting to flush what is believed to be methamphetamines down a toilet. Harold David Neyland was charged with possession of narcotics in a correctional institution after sheriff’s deputies managed to stop him from flushing away the suspected drugs. The incident began Thursday, June 14, after Angelina County sheriff’s deputies followed a suspect to Trinity County. Officers described the suspect as a very evasive meth dealer and alerted Trinity County authorities when they tracked him over the county line. Trinity County Sheriff's Investigator Paul Shipper said they believed Neyland was on his way to sell meth and they pulled him over and detained him for questioning. Although Neyland gave them permission to search his vehicle, Shipper said deputies could not find the drugs . While at the sheriff’s office in Groveton, Shipper said deputies spotted the suspect taking meth out of his shoe and moved in before it could be flushed. Later that day, Angelina County deputies served a search warrant at Neyland's residence and found half of an ounce of methamphetamines. On Friday, Angelina County officers obtained a warrant charging Neyland with second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance. Shipper said the investigation was a joint effort between authorities in Angelina, Trinity and Walker counties.