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Town Bluff home used in Meth production

by Emily Waldrep

Tyler County Sheriff's Department on September 8 received a tip from an informant in Town Bluff that a man living there had just cooked a batch of methamphetamine. According to Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, the caller told deputies that the man lived near the fire department off C.R. 4180.

Deputies arrived and observed a white male in the yard, identified as James Derek Levy, age 31, of Town Bluff. Deputies spoke with Levy and told him the reason they were on the property. At that time, Levy stated he owned the property and was staying in one of the two houses on the property. According to Levy, the other house was being rented to a white male, identified as Roger Sterling.

While speaking with Levy, Deputies observed a bottle of muriatic acid, a known ingredient in the production of methamphetamine.

Deputies asked Levy if there was any meth being cooked on the property. Levy reported that he was not cooking any methamphetamines, but admitted that he had used meth in the past week.

At that time, Sheriff's Deputies observed a partially open door to the residence and received consent to search. They were interrupted when a white female walked into the yard stating that she did not steal anything, but deputies had never spoken to the woman or anyone else at the residence about stealing anything.

The woman was identified as Nichole Milligan, age 27, of Town Bluff. According to deputies, she appeared to be on some sort of substance, was very unsteady on her feet and had extremely slurred speech.

Shortly after identifying Milligan, another woman stopped on the shoulder of the highway and approached the deputies and reported that Milligan, along with another white male, had stolen jewelry from her garage sale she was having in the area.

Deputies located a white male matching the clothing description given by the theft complainant and identified him as Christopher Carmicle, age 36 of Town Bluff.

Carmicle admitted he was walking with Nicole, but when he saw the patrol cars he went the other way. Carmicle consented a search of his backpack and Deputies uncovered several syringes typically used in drug use. Milligan also had a small purse that contained assorted jewelry and a clear plastic baggy that contained a substance that tested positive for methamphetamines. The total weight of the methamphetamines was 1.6 grams.

After arresting Milligan and Carmicle, Deputies continued the search of James Levy's and Robert Sterling's homes.

After a search of Levy's house Deputies found a bag containing multiple bottle caps with white residue inside. Typically, drug manufacturers will use plastic bottles to cook methamphetamines in a method they call "shake and bake." Deputies also observed under Sterling's house a 20 ounce coke bottle with a clear plastic hose coming from the lid as well as several precursors needed in the use of manufacturing methamphetamines.

Deputies then secured the scene and obtained a search warrant for that residence.

The search revealed .9 grams of methamphetamine as well as additional assorted drug paraphernalia for the manufacture of meth.

Sterling was charged with Manufacture Delivery of a substance, Penalty Group 1 State Jail Felony, Possession of Certain Chemicals with Intent to Manufacture Substance Felony 2, and Unlawful use of a criminal instrument State Jail Felony.

Milligan was charged with Possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 1 and Theft Misdemeanor B.

Carmicle was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Theft Misdemeanor B.

Levy was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, State Jail Felony.

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