A Walmart employee’s search for her stolen cell phone led police to a north Brownwood residence where six people, including a juvenile, were arrested on drug charges, police said.
    Assistant Brownwood Police Chief James Fuller released details Friday on a sequence of events that began Tuesday night, when the Walmart employee’s phone was stolen, and ended Thursday when police served a search warrant at the north Brownwood residence — in the 1700 block of Dallas Street — in an unsuccessful search for stolen property.

Five adults arrested
    Brownwood police and Brown County Jail records identified the adults who were arrested as:
    • Zachary Binion, 18, arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana and manufacture or deliver of a controlled substance. Binion was released Wednesday on bond.
    When police served the search warrant Thursday to look for stolen property, Binion was arrested once again on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of a dangerous drug and possession of a controlled substance.    Binion remained jailed Friday in lieu of bonds totaling $54,000.
    • Valery Gandy, 17, arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. Gandy is free on bonds totaling $17,000.
    • Jarrod Mata, 20, arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and theft. The theft charge was in connection with he stolen cell phone, police said.
    Mata remained jailed Friday in lieu of bonds totaling $27,000.
    • Taylor Watson, 19, arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. Watson is free on bonds totaling $17,000.
    • Elijah Jones, 21, arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. Jones remained jailed Friday in lieu of bonds totaling $27,000.
    • Adam Allision, 22, arrested Thursday on a charge of possession of marijuana. Allison is free on $1,500 bond.

Tracking stolen phone
    According to reports by officer Bruce Spruill and detective Brian Rice:
    The Walmart employee, a 44-year-old woman, took a break while working late Tuesday night and accidentally left her iPhone 8 on a bench. When she went back to retrieve the phone, it was gone.
    The woman went home and picked up her 17-year-old daughter, who was able to track the phone to the residence in the 1700 block of Dallas. The two went to the door, and one of the occupants inside handed her the cell phone. The phone’s SIM card and cover were missing, and owner of the phone contacted law enforcement.

Officers arrive, small marijuana
    Officer Bruce Spruill and Cpl. Brandon Miller were dispatched to the Dallas Street residence at 12:12 a.m. Wednesday. After the officers arrived,  Jones stepped out on the front porch.
    Spruill and Miller noted a strong odor of marijuana, and Spruill went to the door and knocked. Binion opened the door.
    Spruill immediately noted a strong smell of burnt marijuana and saw digital scales with what appeared to be a small amount of marijuana on a coffee table.

Tried to close door on officer
    Binion tried to close the door in Spruill’s face, but Spruill, believing an offense was occurring and believing Binion would try to destroy evidence, stepped forward to prevent the door from closing.
    Spruill ordered the occupants outside, and Binion and Gandy reluctantly stepped out. Watson became argumentative and began backing up inside, and Spruill grabbed her by her jacket and forced her outside.
    
Suspect admits taking cell phone
    Sgt. Jesse Mares and officer Ray Slaton arrived to assist, and Mata admitted he’d found the phone at Walmart and taken it. Mata said he had flushed the SIM card down the toilet.
    After receiving consent to search, officers found items including baggies with 6.1 grams of methamphetamine and marijuana, other baggies containing additional drugs, digital scales, a marijuana grinder and $164 in cash.
    
Returning with search warrant
    At the police department Thursday morning, detectives realized one of those arrested was a suspect in an earlier theft. Believing items stolen in the theft might be at the Dallas Street home, detectives obtained a search warrant and went to the home later Thursday.
    While the stolen items had been at the Dallas Street home earlier, they were no longer present when officers arrived, police said. Officers located additional marijuana and prescription medication with no prescriptions.