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From Staff Reports

CROCKETT – The Crockett Police Department reported a busy week. According to Clayton Smith, Chief of Police, his department answered 147 calls for service and made 17 arrests last week.

Some of the most interesting incidents, according to Smith, included arrests made on a variety of charges.

On Tuesday, August 23, at about 4 a.m., officers noticed a suspicious person sitting in a vehicle at a local motel. While officers were speaking with the individual, David Hernandez (age 23 from Edinburg), they noticed a methamphetamine pipe and a bag with methamphetamine in plain view inside the vehicle. Hernandez was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 <1 Gram (State Jail Felony).

On Thursday, August 25, at about 2 a.m., officers were doing extra patrol in the area of Wooten Street, due to an increased number of theft related calls in the area. While patrolling, Officers witnessed a group of males take off running when they saw the police cars. One of the males, Brodrick Sandles (age 20 from Crockett), was found hiding behind a car with several bags of marijuana and a Glock pistol hidden underneath the car. Sandles was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Marijuana <2 Ounces in a Drug Free Zone (Class A Misdemeanor), Unlawful Carrying a Weapon (Class A Misdemeanor) and Tampering with Evidence (3rd Degree Felony). He was also found to have several traffic warrants for his arrest out of the City of Crockett.

Also on Thursday, at about 11:30 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a Mercedes Benz in the area of East Houston Avenue at North 6th Street because the vehicle was displaying expired registration. During the traffic stop, the passenger in the vehicle, David Gore (age 39 from Madisonville), ran from the vehicle and into a residence in the 500 block of East Houston Avenue. 

The officer pursued Gore and took him into custody without further incident. Gore had several warrants for his arrest, including a “Blue Warrant” for parole violations (original offenses of Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon and Burglary of a Habitation), a warrant out of Anderson County for Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 <1 Gram (State Jail Felony), and a warrant out of Aransas County for Evading Arrest or Detention (Class A Misdemeanor). In addition to the warrants, Gore was charged with another count of Evading Arrest or Detention. The driver of the vehicle, Jeffery Henderson (age 48 from Crockett), was originally released with a citation for Expired Registration. Later that day, Officers were notified that a warrant had been issued out of Houston County for Henderson for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 >1 Gram <4 Grams (3rd Degree Felony). Officers went back to the residence in the 500 block of East Houston Avenue and placed him under arrest as well.

On Sunday, August 28, at about 1:30 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Focus in the 1200 of East Loop 304 for displaying a fraudulent and improperly placed 30-day registration permit. 

The officer received consent to search the car and located about 1.2 grams of methamphetamine. The passenger in the vehicle, Teodoro Velasquez (age 41, of Palestine), admitted that the methamphetamine was his. He was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 >1 Gram <4 Grams (3rd Degree Felony). The driver was released with a citation.

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