On February 2, 2012, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Tyler County Sheriff 's Office (TCSO), assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff s Office, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Southeast Texas Auto Theft Task Force executed a "Knock and Talk" (a procedure where the officer identifies himself and asks to 'Knock and Talk' leads to three arrests in Fred home talk to the home occupant and then eventually, requests permission to search the residence) at the residence of Debbie Jean (Baker) Hutto in Fred, Texas. The "Knock and Talk" was the result of a two-month joint investigation involving TCSO Narcotics Sergeant Jeff Mashaw and the Hardin County Sheriff 's Office Narcotics Division, coupled with numerous complaints from concerned citizens. Deputies believed that the residence and involved parties were part of a local methamphetamine ring that engaged in the sale and distribution of methamphetamine in and around the Tyler and Hardin County areas.
Tyler County Sheriff's Office Corporal Tony Reynolds, with Deputies Rene Guitterez and Chuck Marshall, was involved in the search of the residence and arrest of suspects.
Debbie Jean (Baker) Hutto, the home owner, Lonnie Paul Chance and Wayne Buckner were all arrested as a result of the investigation. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies located three adults and two young children, aged 3 and 5. A search of the residence produced methamphetamine, marijuana, surveillance equipment, numerous firearms and an exorbitant amount of drug paraphernalia. Deputies notified Child Protective Services (CPS) due to the poor living conditions of the residence, and the fact that deputies found illegal narcotics in plain view within arm's reach of the children.
Hutto was charged with two counts of Endangering a Child, one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and one count of Possession of Marijuana. Chance was charged with two counts of Endangering a Child, one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, one count of Possession of Marijuana, and one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm . Buckner was charged with one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
An investigation is still underway and the Tyler County Sheriff 's Office anticipates more arrests of persons connected to this case. Sheriff David Hennigan wishes to acknowledge that the citizens of Tyler County played a very important role in targeting and identifying these suspected drug dealers. Residents and neighbors who report suspicious activity and suspected illegal drug use help keep Tyler County safe for all its residents. Buckner, Chance and Hutto were all arraigned on February 3rd, with Chance and Hutto's bonds for Endangering a Child set at $7,500 per count, $10,000 for Possession of a Controlled Substance, and $2,000 for Possession of Marihuana. Buckner and Chance's bonds for Felon in Possession of a Firearm were each set at $10,000.
All three have made their respective bonds and been released from the Tyler County Jail.