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Two men nabbed on drug charges
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TRINITY – An undercover sting and a routine traffic stop landed two men behind bars last week in Trinity. Matthew Goates, 34, of Trinity was charged with felony delivery of a controlled substance on Thursday, May 19, and Michael Kelley, 29, of Lovelady was charged with felony possession of marijuana in a drug free zone on Saturday, May 21. Goates was released Friday after posting a $10,000 bond and Kelly was released Sunday under an $8,000 bond. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, the arrest of Goates came after a day-long joint operation conducted with Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace. Using information obtained by the officers, Jones said they began working at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in an effort to set up a “drug buy.” The arrest came at 5 p.m. when a suspect delivered 20 hydrocodone pills to undercover officers near the southern intersection of Highway 19 and FM 1617, close to the Trinity City Limits. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic pain pill, which can only legally be sold to those who have obtained a prescription from a medical doctor. Jones said the drugs were purchased for $100 or $5 per pill. The second arrest came shortly before midnight on Saturday when Officer Travis Bryan stopped a vehicle traveling south on Highway 19. Jones said the vehicle was traveling at night without headlights. “As Travis approached the car, he detected the odor of marijuana and when he got up to the driver’s window, he could see live marijuana plants inside,” Jones said. Bryan found three plants on the back seat floorboards and one on the front passenger floorboard. All were in pots. Also found in the vehicle was a bag of potting soil and growth chemicals. Because the traffic stop occurred on Highway 19 (Robb Street) near the Trinity Intermediate School, the charge against Kelley was elevated to a third degree felony.