updated 9:22 PM UTC, Jul 8, 2020

Electricity theft lead to drug bust

by Emily Waldrep

Deputies were dispatched to a residence in Ivanhoe on May 8 at approximately 10:30 a.m., where they met with officials of Sam Houston Electric Company in reference to a home's residents stealing electric service on 17th Street.

Deputy Jeremy Byrum of the Tyler County Sheriff's Department met with a woman at the home, identified as Tonya Church and a male, identified as Dewey Eddins.

According to Sheriff Bryan Weatherford of the Tyler County Sheriff's Department, Byrum then obtained consent to search the couples home.

Once inside, he discovered a glass bong, a device associated with smoking illegal narcotics. He also located a set of digital scales that are commonly used to weigh narcotics.

By the end of the search, Byrum had confiscated several items of drug paraphernalia, along with 10 plastic bags of methamphetamines that weighed approximately 9.2 grams.

The substance was field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Both Church and Eddins were charged with possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, with intent to deliver.

Sheriff Weatherford reminds Tyler County citizens that they can now report any suspected narcotic activity in the county online at www.tylercountysheriff.com and click on "report narcotics." All reports online are anonymous.

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