By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – Theft and drugs do not mix, as three individuals recently learned after they found themselves facing a variety of charges in Tyler County last week.
Narcotics investigators with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office were working with personnel from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office narcotics division in the Warren area on Wednesday, Dec. 11, in an attempt to locate a stolen vehicle that was reported in the neighboring county.
According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, the investigators made contact with Mark Shane Conner, 38, of Kirbyville, at a residence south of Warren near the county line. While they spoke with Conner they observed several clear plastic baggies which contained a crystal-like substance they believed to be methamphetamines on the front seat of a vehicle they saw Conner exit.
The investigators also found several baggies on the ground near the driver’s door of the vehicle. The substance in the baggies field-tested positive for meth and was weighed in at 23.7 grams.
Conner was arrested and transported to the Tyler County Jail. Due to the evidence discovered by investigators, he was charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a First-Degree Felony.
He later bonded out of jail on a $30,000 bond set by Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford.
In another case, on Friday, the narcotics deputies were patrolling in the City of Ivanhoe. They were made aware of a shoplifting incident that had just happened at the Walmart store in Woodville.
Eyewitnesses said the shoplifter was said to be driving a red Ford Mustang, and southbound on US 69. Approximately 10 minutes later, the deputies stopped a vehicle matching that description on Lakewood Drive for a traffic violation.
The driver, who was identified as George Lynn Mullin, 52, of Crockett, and a passenger, 32-year-old Elizabeth Edwards, also of Corckett, were both arrested and transported to the county jail after deputies searched the vehicle and turned up drugs and paraphernalia.
Edwards admitted to the deputies that she had fled the store when confronted by a loss prevention worker.
Deputies discovered approximately one gram of methamphetamine as well as a small amount of marijuana and some items of paraphernalia. Edwards said the drugs and paraphernalia belonged to her, and she was charged with possession of a controlled substance, while Mullin was charged with misdemeanor traffic violations concerning an invalid license and false/fictitious vehicle registration.
Weatherford said Edwards could face additional charges, as evidence was turned over to the Woodville Police Department for possible theft charges to be filed at a later date.
Edwards is currently out of jail on a $2,500 bond set by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Jim Moore.