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2012-01-26

BCSO's spate of drug arrests

Special to the Courier


(Editor's note: For a related article, see "And the drug busts just keep on comin'" our top story.)

Since December, deputies and investigators with the Bandera County Sheriff's Office have been experiencing the expected higher volume of calls for service that typically occurs during the holiday season.

In addition to investigating burglaries, assaults, impaired driving incidents and other types of problematic activity, BCSO deputies have remained dedicated to maintaining an aggressive and proactive position regarding illegal drugs in Bandera County.

Since Thursday, Dec. 1, deputies have made several substantial arrests that have been related to narcotics offenses, including the following:

• Christopher Schneider, 31, was arrested on Friday, Dec. 2, and charged with possession of under two ounces of marijuana, a Class B Misdemeanor. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Eino Zapata set bond at $1,500, and Schneider has been released from custody.

• On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Gene Martinez, 32, was arrested on several drug-related charges, including two counts of possessing less than 20 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance in a drug-free zone that could result in two state jail felonies; and possession of a dangerous drug, a Class B Misdemeanor. Martinez was also booked for an active warrant out of Bandera County. After Zapata sent Martinez's bond for $14,000, he was released from custody.

• Also on Dec. 4, Bryant K. Bruce, 20, found himself on the wrong side of the law for possession of under two ounces of marijuana in a drug-free zone, a Class A Misdemeanor; possession of a under two ounces of a Penalty Group 2-A controlled substance, a Class B Misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C Misdemeanor. Bruce was also charged with driving under the influence as a minor. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Herschel Moore set bond at $7,000 and Bruce was released from custody.

• Timothy Bowers, 30, found himself in custody on Thursday, Dec. 5, charged with the manufacture or delivery of greater than one gram but less than four grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, a Second Degree Felony; possession of under two ounces of marijuana, a Class B Misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C Misdemeanor. Bowers was also pinched for driving with an invalid license.

Moore set bond at $14,500 and Boers was released from custody.

• On Monday, Dec. 16, Dain A. Dodd, 20, was picked up for possession of under two ounces of marijuana, a Class B Misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C Misdemeanor. Moore set bond at $2,500 and Dodd has been released from custody.

• On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Chance Lemeilleur, 26, was charged with possession of a dangerous drug, a Class B Misdemeanor; and public intoxication, a Class C Misdemeanor. Moore set bail at $4,500 and Lemeilleur has been released from custody.

• Beginning the New Year, Joshua Laluz, 24, was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 4, on a number of charges that included having a prohibited substance in a correctional facility, a Third Degree Felony; possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, a Second Degree Felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C Misdemeanor. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Lynn Holt set Laluz's bond at $45,000 and he has been released from custody.

• Shannon McKnight, 40, was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 11, for possession of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, a State Jail Felony, as well as for possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor. Holt set her bond at $5,500 and McKnight has since been released from custody.

• On Thursday, Jan. 12, Randale Gutierrez, 29, was detained for the manufacture with intent to deliver a simulated controlled substance and for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon; both third degree felonies; possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in a drug-free zone, a First Degree Felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C Misdemeanor. He was also charged with driving with an invalid license. Holt set Gutierrez's bond at $64,500 and the suspect remained in custody as of Monday, Jan. 16.

• Nineteen-year-old Chelsea Lipscomb was also arrested on Jan. 12, charged with manufacture with intent to deliver a simulated controlled substance, a Third Degree Felony; possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in a drug-free zone, a First Degree Felony; possession of under two ounces of marijuana in a drug-free zone, a Class A Misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C Misdemeanor. Holt set Lipscomb's bond at $54,500 and she remained in custody as of Jan. 16.

• After being taken into custody on Saturday, Jan. 14, Robert Brown, 21, faced charges that included possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver in a drug-free zone, a First Degree Felony; and possession of more than four ounces of marijuana in a drug-free zone; a Third Degree Felony. Holt set his bail at $30,000 and Brown has since been released from custody.

• Also arrested on Jan. 14, Darius Dukes was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver in a drug-free zone, a First Degree Felony; possession of more than one gram of Penalty Group 1 Oxycodone in a drug-free zone, a Second Degree Felony; and possession of more than four ounces of marijuana in a drug-free zone, a Third Degree Felony.

Holt set Dukes' bond at $60,000 and he remained in custody as of Jan. 16.

"Anyone can anonymously report illegal activity in our community by contacting the Bandera County Sheriff's Office at 830-796-3771," said Capt. James "Charlie" Hicks.