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Four arrested on drug charges

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four arrested on drug chargesTwo law enforcement agencies contributed to an investigation that led to the arrest of four individuals for charges that included drugs, weapons and stolen property last week on the south end of Polk County.

On Dec. 1, the narcotics division of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Liberty County Sheriff’s Office began looking into tips received in reference to the possession of illegal narcotics, at an address located in the 300 block of Swick Trail in Big Thicket Lake Estates.

Investigators from both agencies arrived at the residence, making contact with Levi Eugene Weatherford, 41, Thomas Clint McKelvey, 44, and Lori Ann Howe, 40, all of Livingston, and Blake Allen McCreight, 17, of Cleveland. 

The investigation led to law enforcement obtaining a search warrant for the property, where a large amount of methamphetamine and over 35 firearms was seized. After further investigation, numerous items of stolen property were also recovered. All subjects were subsequently arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail without incident. 

Weatherford was charged with a first-degree felony of manufacture/delivery of methamphetamine and two charges of prohibited weapon, a third-degree felony. Howe had the same charges, along with a third-degree felony of unlawful possession of a firearm by felon and second-degree felony of unlawful carrying of a weapon by a felon. 

McKelvey was charged with a third-degree felony of possession of methamphetamine and had a pardon and parole warrant. McCreight’s charge was a state-jail felony of possession of methamphetamine.

All charges have been filed in Polk County. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is actively attempting to locate and identify owners of the recovered stolen property. 

Those with information on cases in Polk County are asked to submit a tip at p3tips.com, (the P3 App), or call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division may also be contacted directly to speak with a detective at 936-327-6810.

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