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Shotguns, rifles, drugs found at home

Shotguns, rifles, drugs found at home on C.R. 3565by Emily Waldrep

On June 21, Probation Officer Matt O'Neil and Deputy Jerry Laurent went to a home on County Road 3565 to speak with Samuel Shepherd, age 64, of Woodville, who has been on probation in the county.

The officers made contact with Shepherd and obtained consent to enter the residence to perform a search and at that time made contact with Melanie Shepherd, age 44, of Woodville.

When deputies asked Shepherd if there were any weapons in the home, she said no.

Deputies began the search and observed a gun cabinet, but Shepherd stated that there were only two muzzleloader rifles inside. Deputy Laurent then observed a small black and pink pipe with burnt marijuana inside, as well as a dish containing what appeared to be marijuana seeds. After searching the bedroom area, deputies found a container. After asking Shepherd about the container, he stated that there might be marijuana inside. The container did contain a large amount of marijuana, as well as rolling papers. Deputies also found a large set of scales, multiple plastic baggies and several cut straws.

Deputy Laurent searched under the bed and observed a green Ghillie suit. When he removed it, he saw approximately 16 shotguns and rifles under the bed. He also recovered a small green ammunition can in the closet containing marijuana as well as additional firearms.

Samuel Shepherd will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Marijuana State Jail Felony Amount and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Melanie Shepherd was charged with Possession of Marijuana State Jail Felony Amount and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

"Deputy Laurent will be periodically making visits with people in Tyler County who are on probation, as well as registered sex offenders," said Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.

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