An Abilene man told Early police Tuesday someone had stolen his 2005 GMC Envoy — and the methamphetamine he had just cooked, and some of the equipment he used for cooking, Early Police Chief David Mercer said.
Officers took an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle report from Walter Huffman Jr., 35, and arrested him on charges of manufacture of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence, according to Mercer and Brown County Jail records.
Huffman remained jailed Wednesday in lieu of bonds totaling $35,000.
An e-mail from Mercer to the Bulletin described the events leading to Huffman’s arrest.
At 10:17 a.m., Early officers John Mills and Shawn Dibrell responded to a call at the Executive Inn, 1204 CC Woodson, on a report that someone was refusing to pay for his room.
“When they made contact with the individual, he was acting very strangely,” Mercer’s e-mail stated. “Officers noticed he had something in his hand. When they began questioning (him) about it he suddenly stuck something in his mouth.”
The officers wrestled him to the ground, detained him and found syringes and methamphetamine in his pocket. The officers noticed more drug paraphernalia around the motel room, Mercer stated in the e-mail.
“(He) then admitted he swallowed a bag of meth when the officers told him to show his hands,” the e-mail stated.
In the room, the officers found a jar of “meth oil,” which is a substance produced in the cook and will be turned into powder or rock, Mercer said.
The officers found other equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine, and Huffman said he had just cooked methamphetamine in the county just outside Brownwood, Mercer’s e-mail stated.
Dibrell, with sheriff’s investigators Jason Benefield, Tony Aaron, went to a pasture near the Brownwood state school, where the methamphetamine had been cooked and more evidence of a lab operation was found, the e-mail stated.
The suspect “admitted that he was going to be cooking meth in the motel room today except for the fact that his friends has stole his pickup, his meth he had just cooked and some of his equipment to cook with,” Mercer’s e-mail stated.
“(The suspect) stated he had passed out after he shot up some of the dope from his last cook. Early officers did take a unauthorized use of motor vehicle report from Huffman for a 2005 GMC Envoy maroon in color displaying license FHZ309 which is not the correct plate for the vehicle.”
In other incidents:
• Early officer Nathan Land was dispatched to the 800 block of Early Boulevard at 11p.m. Sunday on a report of a man lying in the street.
Jose Cortez, 17, of Port Arthur was arrested on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest or transport, jail records state.
Mercer said Land spoke with Cortez, who became belligerent. The original caller stopped to see if Land needed him for anything, and Cortez, who was believed to be intoxicated, tried to hit the caller, Mercer said.
Land handcuffed Cortez, but he fought and kicked, and Land deployed his Taser in a “drive stun” mode, Mercer said.
The caller said he had stopped to help Cortez after seeing him lying in the road, and Cortez got up, chased the caller and and said he was going to beat him up, Mercer said.
• Brownwood officer Aaron Taylor arrested Pascual Castaneda Jr., 22, of Brownwood on a charge of fleeing the scene of an accident after a pickup struck a parked car in the 4400 block of Rosewood.
• Officer Danny Hutchins arrested Shawntia Moore, 25, and Zackary Haynes, 19, both of Brownwood, on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana under 2 ounces after a traffic stop in the 1600 block of Avenue C.
• Officer Ray Slayton arrested Brad Kluka, 33, of Brownwood on a charge of possessing a prohibited weapon (switchblade knife) after being dispatched to Hastings on a report of a verbal dispute.