By Chris Edwards
FRED – A Fred man was arrested and charged with drug possession but could also face additional federal charges.
Narcotics deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Rodney Burnett, age 41, of Fred, on Friday, Jan. 3. The deputies made a stop on a black passenger car on FM 92 near County Road 4675 and identified the driver as Burnett.
According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, when deputies searched the car, they discovered a glass pipe which contained a crystal-like substance, along with a small, clear baggie which contained a substance similar in appearance. The substance field tested positive for meth.
Burnett, who was taken into the custody of the Tyler County Jail, was charged with possession of a controlled substance for the meth, which weighed more than a gram, but less than four grams. Burnett bonded out on a $10,000 bond set by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Jim Moore, but according to Weatherford, could face additional charges, as he is on federal probation.
According to a 2015 story published in the Tyler County Booster, Burnett was arrested near Fred following a manhunt, for several parole violations and theft of a firearm. The arrest was the result of cooperation between TCSO, the United States Marshal’s Office and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. He was later indicted by a grand jury for the firearm theft and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon charges.
According to a public records search, Burnett was released from a federal correctional facility last September.