On Thursday, February 1st, at approximately 1:40 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed a 2017 white Ford Fiesta traveling 75 mph in a 60 mph zone in the 3100 block of U.S. Highway 287. Officers initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as 54 year old Jeffery Carrethers.
WFPD K-9 Turko was deployed and conducted a free air sniff of the Fiesta. K-9 Turko gave a positive alert at the rear passenger door of the vehicle as well as the rear quarter near the trunk. A search was conducted based on probable cause from the K-9 alert. During the search, officers located a blue suitcase in the trunk of the vehicle that contained 18 individual vacuum sealed packages containing a green leafy substance that was later determined to be hydroponic marijuana.
Upon the discovery of the marijuana Carrethers gave a statement that all the marijuana was his. Carrethers stated that he purchased the marijuana in Denver, Colorado and was taking it with him to Dallas, TX.
The total amount of marijuana located inside the vehicle was 13.35 pounds.
Carrethers was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with Possession of Marijuana over 5 pounds under 50 pounds.
On Thursday, January 25th, at approximately 3:00 pm an officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department stopped a subject at 8th and Denver for running a stop sign. The subject was identified as 63 year old Donald Spence.
During the course of the stop Spence gave verbal consent for the officer to search his person. The officer located in Spence’s front right pant pocket a large plastic bag that contained several smaller bags of a white crystal like substance, a bag with a green leafy substance and what appeared to be a rolled cigarette containing a green leafy substance.
The white crystal like substance rendered a positive field test for methamphetamine. The green leafy substance as well as the green leafy substance that was rolled into a cigarette rendered a positive field test for marijuana. The way that the methamphetamine was individually packaged is consistent with the sell and distribution of illegal narcotics. The total weight for the methamphetamine was 11.5 grams and the total weight for the marijuana was .163 ounces.
Spence was placed into custody and was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one and possession of marijuana. Due to the fact that the intersection of 8th and Denver is less than 1000 feet from the Denver Alternative Education school this made it a drug free zone.
On Sunday, December 17th, at approximately 5:18 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to an occupied vehicle check at the intersection of Pyrenees and Catskills. Upon arrival they located a black Toyota 4Runner occupied by a white female who was lying across the front seat of the vehicle asleep. The vehicle was not running.
Officers identified the female as 58 year old Susan Tiffany. Her demeanor was erratic and she was unable to focus or speak in complete sentences. Officers detained her for possible intoxication.
Officers saw in plain view a purse sitting on the front passenger seat. The purse was open and inside the purse was a pill bottle that contained several small plastic bags. Upon a closer search officers located a second pill bottle inside the purse that contained three more plastic baggies. Inside each bag was a crystal like substance. Officers used a field test kit on the crystal like substance and it field tested positive as methamphetamine. The total weight of the methamphetamine, including the baggies, totaled 3.6 grams.
Tiffany was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where she was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1.
On Tuesday, November 14th, at approximately 1:30 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department conducted a traffic stop on 1997 blue Buick Lacrosse in the 2300 block of Holiday. The driver was identified as 36 year old Jesse Buckley and the front seat passenger as 26 year old Stephany Baxter.
Officers observed Buckley reaching for his waist. Believing he may have a weapon or trying to conceal evidence of a crime officers ordered Buckley to show his hands. He refused at which time officers opened the door of the vehicle in an attempt to gain control of Buckley. Buckley began kicking at officers and refused to comply with orders to show his hands and stop resisting. Officers deployed their Taser in an attempt to gain control of Buckley. He continued to resist, but was eventually placed into custody.
Officers conducted a search of the driver’s area and located a plastic bag with a crystal like substance in the floor board. The substance in the bag rendered a positive field test for methamphetamine.
Officers then spoke with Baxter and asked her if she was in possession of any illegal narcotics. She stated that she was and removed a clear bag from her person. Inside the bag were multiple smaller bags that contained a crystal like substance. The substance was field tested and showed a positive result for methamphetamine. The total weight of all the methamphetamine seized was 14.1 grams.
Both Buckley and Baxter were transported to the Wichita County jail without further incident.
Buckley was charged with resisting arrest and Baxter was charged with manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one.
The Wichita Falls Police Department’s K-9 Unit has been working hard to get illegal narcotics off the city streets.
On Monday, October 9th at approximately 2:45 pm, the WFPD K-9 Unit along with the Organized Crime Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2017 Hyundai for traffic violations in the area of Galveston and Holliday. During the course of the stop, the front seat passenger was identified as 29 year old Audrey Cargal. Cargal was wanted for outstanding warrants on previous narcotic charges. Incident to arrest for the warrants, Cargal was found to be in possession of 1.78 grams of methamphetamine. Cargal was charged with the outstanding warrant and possession of a controlled substance in penalty group one.
On Tuesday, October 10th at approximately 10:45 am, the K-9 Unit and OCU conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 Chevy Silverado for traffic violations in the area of West Rogers and Seymour Hwy. The driver was identified as 31 year old Liana Ann Noah. During the course of the traffic stop, it was found that Noah was wanted for outstanding warrants out of Wichita County. Noah was also found to be in possession of approximately 30.6 grams of methamphetamine. Noah was arrested and charged with the outstanding warrant and manufacture or delivery of a substance in penalty group one.
On Wednesday, October 11th at approximately 10:00 am, K-9 Unit and OCU conducted a traffic stop on a 2008 Dodge Caliber for traffic violations in the 1800 block of Grace. The driver was identified as 42 year old Michael Ruben Esquibel. During the course of the traffic stop WFPD K-9 Turko alerted to the presence of narcotic odors emitting from the Dodge. Officer conducted a search of the Dodge and located approximately 70.5 grams of methamphetamine and $1,355.00 in U.S. currency. Esquibel was arrested and charged with manufacture or delivery of substance in penalty group one.
On Monday, October 9th, at approximately 12:47 am a patrol officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department stopped a tan 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche for a traffic violation in the 2900 block of Hamilton. The vehicle was occupied by two females. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 58 year old Vickie Austin. When officers asked Austin for her driver’s license she stated she did not have one.
As officers were doing an inventory of the vehicle prior to having it impounded due to the driver not having a valid driver’s license officers located an open purse in the front seat. Inside the purse officers located a metal rod that is common with drug use along with two glass pipes. A further search revealed cubes of a white substance weighing 4.9 grams wrapped in a small plastic bag, another bag containing a white crystal type substance weighing 1.2 grams, multiple pills and over $1,600.00 in cash. The cubes showed a positive field test for cocaine and the white crystal showed a positive field test for methamphetamine. The pills were identified as Alprazolam which Austin was unable to provide a prescription for.
Austin was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where she was charged with two counts of manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one and one count of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group three. The stopped occurred within 1000 feet of Hamilton Park which enhanced the charges due to it being a drug free zone.
The passenger was released on scene.
On Monday, October 2nd, at approximately 2:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to a narcotics complaint in the 1200 block of Central Freeway to a hotel room at the Motel 6.
Upon arrival officers knocked on the door to the room. 26 year old Dustin Wachs answered the door and gave officers consent to search the room. Upon searching the room officers located a plastic bag containing a white crystalized substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. It weighed 4.56 grams. Officers also located various drug paraphernalia in the room to include additional bags similar to the one that the narcotics was found in and a glass pipe that is consistent with smoking illegal narcotics. Officers also located over $500 in cash.
Wachs was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one.
On Friday, September 22nd, at approximately 1:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed a subject in the 1200 block of Loop 11 who they knew to have an outstanding warrant for their arrest sitting in the driver’s seat of a black Cadillac. Officers detained the subject who was identified as 28 year old Gregory Beeson. In the vehicle with Beeson was 28 year old Dustin Pittman.
Beeson was placed under arrest for the warrant. A search incident to an arrest revealed that Beeson was in possession of two plastic bags that contained a crystal like substance that rendered a positive field test for methamphetamine. The substance weighed 4.2 grams. He was also found to be in possession of numerous pills that were identified as Alprazalom, which he did not have a prescription for.
Officers also spoke with Pittman and when asked if he was in possession of anything illegal Pittman advised that he had a handgun in his pocket. Officers located a .380 handgun in Pittman’s pocket. A records check confirmed that Pittman was a convicted felon therefore, he was placed under arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm. A search incident to an arrest revealed that Pittman was also in possession of a plastic bag that contained a crystal like substance that rendered a positive field test for methamphetamine. The bag and content weighed 4 grams.
Both Beeson and Pittman were transported to the Wichita County jail where Beeson was charged with his outstanding warrants as well as manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one. Pittman was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one.
On September 21st at approximately 2:30 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed two subjects looking over the back fence of a residence in the 1400 block of Monroe. Due to recent burglaries in the area officers spoke with the subjects who identified themselves as 36 year old Rodney Payne and 42 year old Shannon Mitchell. Payne’s true identity was later discovered to be Christopher Payne.
Both subjects were carrying backpacks and consented to a search at which time officers located 3.6 grams of methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia to include digital scales on Payne and 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, 11.5 grams of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia to include small plastic baggies and a digital scale on Mitchell.
Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail. Payne was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one, failure to identify and possession of drug paraphernalia along with an active warrant that he had. Mitchell was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On 09-19-17, just before 9pm, Officers were dispatched to a possible theft at the Family Dollar on Brook. Their investigation led to a traffic stop at 11th/Holliday where the driver was identified as 31 year old Cheyenne Edgett. Records check confirmed that Edgett had a warrant out for her arrest. During the arrest, she was found to be in possession of 0.3 grams of Methamphetamine. Edgett was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1.