Navasota Drug Investigation Lands 17 People in Jail

By: Navasota Examiner Email
By: Navasota Examiner Email

A 3-month undercover drug investigation conducted by Navasota Police Department resulted in 28 warrants of arrest for 21 individuals and 7 search warrants being issued June 20. Fifteen people were arrested for 20 warrants connected with the 3-month investigation. Two of the others were arrested for on-view charges and/or unrelated outstanding warrants.

While serving the search warrants, drugs that were seized ranged from marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine along with a large amount of paraphernalia. Two pistols, three rifles and a stolen chainsaw were also seized.

The search warrants were served from early morning hours through Wednesday evening. Areas where the search warrants were served included: the 1900 block of Courtney Road, 200 block of Blakewood, 600 block of West McAlpine, 600 block of Roosevelt, 400 block of Ella, 700 block of Grace, 100 block of W. Third, and the 800 block of West Hill.

Arrested in connection with the investigation were 42-year-old LaShun Johnson of Navasota for possession of marijuana, Class B misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia, Class C misdemeanor; 58-year-old Emmitt Bolden of Navasota for three charges of manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance, PG 1, a state jail felony; 35-year-old Aaron Humphrey of Navasota for manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony and delivery of marijuana, state jail felony; 64-year-old Tom Peterson of Navasota for delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony; Edwina Patterson of Navasota for capias pro fine, Class C misdemeanor; 48-year-old Carl Steptoe of Navasota for delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony and possession of a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony; 28-year-old Jeremy Cordova of Navasota for delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony and possession of a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony; 22-year-old Franqueis Powell of Navasota for delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony and delivery of marijuana, Class A misdemeanor; 40-year-old Arnisha Hood of Navasota for delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony; 23-year-old Marqueis Rutherford of Navasota for delivery/ manufacturing of a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony; 38-year-old Michael Anderson of Navasota delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony, felon in possession of a firearm, third-degree felony, and criminal non-support, state jail felony; 42-year-old Marilyn Whitfield of Navasota for manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, Class C; 20-year-old Juaquell Jessie of Navasota for delivery/manufacturing a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony; 48-year-old Tina Baldwin of Navasota for delivery/manufacturing a controlled substance, PG 1, second-degree felony; 49-year-old Anthony McCray of Navasota for delivery/manufacturing a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony; 52-year-old Walter Whitfield of Navasota for delivery/manufacturing a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony; and 19-year-old Bryan Bowie of Navasota for 2 counts of delivery/manufacturing a controlled substance, PG 1, state jail felony.

Agencies that provided assistance in the execution of the search warrants were ATF, ICE, Houston Police Department narcotics, Burton Police Department, Union Pacific Railroad Police, Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Pack Unit, Grimes County District Attorney’s Office and medical personnel of Navasota Fire Department.

Fire department members served as medical support to the police officers on the entry teams in the event of an emergency. Thankfully, none occurred.

“I am very proud of the Navasota officers for their hard work in organizing such an operation with a great outcome. We have a great working relationship with the agencies that assisted at the end of the operation in serving the search and arrest warrants. We are very appreciative for their participation,” said Police Chief Shawn Myatt.


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