A fugitive who was named in last month’s Operation METHodical drug roundup was arrested earlier this week along with two others after deputies found them in a local motel room.
    The three were in a room that was supposed to have been unoccupied, a report by sheriff’s narcotics investigator Carlyle Gover states.
    Gover’s report and Brown County Jail records identified those arrested as:
    • Marlana Gomez, 26, of Brownwood, who was one of 57 defendants named in Operation METHODICAL. Gomez was arrested on warrants for possession of a controlled substance and evidence tampering, and on new charges of possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass of a habitation. Gomez was also arrested on bond withdrawals for possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.
    Gomez is free on bonds totaling $68,000. Four other Operation METHodical defendants remain as fugitives, sheriff’s officials said.
    • Landon Calhoun, 26, of Brownwood, charged with possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass of a habitation. Calhoun is free on $15,000 bonds.
    • Marcus Gray, 31, of Brownwood, charged with possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass of a habitation. Gray is free on $15,000 bonds.
    According to Gover’s report:
    Gover received information Tuesday that Gomez was staying in a room at the Budget Inn, 515 E. Commerce in Brownwood. Gover and other officers had been trying to serve warrants on Gomez since Aug. 24.
    Gover and deputy Valton Posey went to the motel, where an employee said no one was supposed to be in the room since checkout two days earlier. Accompanied by the motel employee, the deputies went to the room and Gover used a key card to open the door.
    The door was stopped by an interior door chain, and Gover saw the figures of two people inside. Gover kicked the door open and he and Posey entered the room, finding Gomez, Calhoun and Gray.    Gover saw a meth pipe on one of the room’s beds, and the amount of clothes, shoes and personal hygiene products in the room “was not indicative of a one or two-night stay,”  Gover’s report states. “Most of the contents in the room were Gomez’s by her own admission.”
    Calhoun possessed a key to a different room that was supposed to be clean and empty, but contained trash from Whataburger’s and a receipt.
    The deputies told Calhoun about Gomez’s wanted status and warned him of the consequences of hindering apprehension. An investigation will continue on Calhoun for hindering apprehension and for criminal trespass of the second room, Gover’s report states.