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SHERIFF’S REPORT

Meth lab found in four-agency raid

Four law enforcement agencies, including both the Rockdale and Cameron police department converged on a rural Milam County residence Thursday and arrested a 26-year-old man on federal drug charges.

Stephen Gardiner of Limestone County was wanted on a federal charge, issued in Waco, alleging his involvement in conspiring to deliver “large quantities” of methamphetamine, according to Deputy Sheriff Chris White.

White said the Waco United States Marshal’s office asked the Milam County Special Investigations Unit (SIU) for help in trying to identify a meth lab.

Rockdale Police Chief Thomas Harris, who participated in the raid along with Cameron Police Chief Ted Retchloff, Precinct 3 Constable Herbie Vaughan and the sheriff’s department SIU said officers went to a mobile home in the Apache Pass Mobile Home Park eight miles northwest of Rockdale.

White said during the search more than 10 grams of cocaine were seized and “numerous items of drug paraphernalia including a set of scales and a meth pipe.”


Sheriff David Greene displays cash, rifle, shotgun, drug paraphernalia after serving federal search warrant Thursday in rural area. 
Photo courtesy Milam County Sheriff’s Department Sheriff David Greene displays cash, rifle, shotgun, drug paraphernalia after serving federal search warrant Thursday in rural area. Photo courtesy Milam County Sheriff’s Department Also recovered were $4,200 in cash, a rifle and shotgun.

Sheriff David Greene said, due to the amount of evidence and contraband recovered, the sheriff’s department will seek to have two vehicles, a travel trailer, the firearms, money and numerous electronics forfeited as “proceeds from the sale of narcotics.”

Gardiner was taken in custody by federal officials and taken to Waco to face charges.

DRUG ARRESTS—Jermaine Lamont Mayberry, 29, of Rockdale remains in custody on bond totaling $50,000 after he was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.

State troopers were busy with drug arrests during the holiday driving period.

Trooper Mark Berry arrested Cameron Michael England, 22, of Panama City, Florida, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (less than 28 grams), on Sunday.

England was released after posting $7,500 bond.

Berry also made a drug arrest New Year’s Day. Florida Mae Williams, 22, was charged with possession of marijuana (less than two ounces) in a drug-free zone.

She was released after posting $2,500 bond.

Trooper Erik Gaston also made an arrest for possession of marijuana (less than two ounces) in a school zone. Joseph David Morehead of Bremond was released after posting $2,500 bond.

CALLS—Greene said calls during the past week included :

Dec. 28—Welfare check, CR 203 Loop; motorist assist, US 190; 911 call abandoned, Milano area; medical emergency, CR 446A; animal abuse/cruelty, FM 1712, Rockdale area; burn ban violation, CR 405; runaway juvenile, Whippoorwill Drive, Rockdale area; loud noise, CR 418A, Davilla.

Dec. 29—Suspicious vehicle, CR 342; criminal mischief, US 79, east of Milano; abandoned vehicle, CR 326, Rockdale area; mailbox vandalism, Gause; suspicious vehicle, CR 218, Cameron area; unattended death, CR 457; animal nuisance, Cameron; criminal trespass notice, CR 302, Milano; controlled burn, North Wilcox, Rockdale.

Thursday— Suspicious vehicle, Sierra Drive, near Rockdale; burn ban violation, North Wilcox, Rockdale; criminal mischief, US 79, Milano; overdose, CR 358, Gause; criminal trespass notice, CR 302, Rockdale area; suspicious person, CR 442, Thorndale area.

Friday—Loud noise, FM 1915, south of Buckholts; criminal mischief, US 79, Milano and Gause; criminal mischief, CR 348 Loop, Gause; abandoned vehicle, intersection of CR 323 and 326, Rockdale area; animal neglect, FM 1712 near US 77; theft of property, CR 240, Cameron area; stolen horse, FM 486; request to speak to deputy, Gause; civil dispute over property, CR 434; abandoned vehicle, CR 326, Rockdale area; fireworks, Northwood Drive, Rockdale area; assist other agency, Thorndale.

Saturday—Mailbox vandalism, CR 455, Thorndale area; disturbance, CR 210, Buckholts area; stolen car keys, Oak Park, near Rockdale; assault, CR 210, Buckholts; suspicious activity, US 77, Minerva; civil dispute, CR 434 Loop, Thorndale; abandoned vehicle, FM 486-487; suspicious vehicle/person, FM 908 north of Rockdale; criminal mischief, CR 446, Thorndale area; stolen vehicle, CR 336; welfare check of child, FM 1600; loud music, Praesel Addition, Rockdale area; loud music, Oak Lawn, near Rockdale; criminal mischief, CR 235, Minerva.

Sunday—Controlled burn, CR 422, Davilla; suspicious activity, FM 908, north of Rockdale; welfare concern, CR 330, Milano area.

Monday—Theft of property, FM 487, north of Rockdale; 911 hangup, CR 342, Milano area; disturbance, Gause; civil dispute over property, CR 434, Thorndale area; out-of-control juvenile, Milano.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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