Search warrant, traffic stop lead to meth, marijuana seizures; four arrested

Steve Nash
Crime report

Brownwood police seized a pound of marijuana following a traffic stop Wednesday and arrested the driver, and in an unrelated case, deputies seized 11 grams of methamphetamine and arrested three people while executing a search and arrest warrant.

Coleton Tidwell, 20, of Brownwood, was booked into the Brown County Jail on a charge of possession of marijuana over for ounces under 5 pounds in a drug free zone following the traffic stop, Brown County Jail records state.

Those arrested when deputies served the search warrant were Ashley Fulton, 23, Stephanie Stevens, 33, and Jason Watkins, 32, all of Brownwood. They were booked on one charge each of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance over 4 grams under 200 grams, jail records state.

Traffic stop, marijuana seizure

According to a report by Brownwood officer Jeremy Seider:

Spider was on patrol at 8:57 a.m. when he saw a car at East Adams and Carnegie with an expired registration sticker. Seider made a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Carnegie.

“While I walked to and stood beside the vehicle, I could smell the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle,” Seider’s report states.

Seider told the driver he was writing a warning for the expired registration. Seider then told the driver he could smell marijuana, and the driver’s face “dropped,” Seider’s report states. Seider asked the driver if there was anything illegal and the driver replied “umm, there is a gram” in the front passenger door.

Seider retrieved marijuana and searched the rest of the vehicle. Seider told the driver his vehicle was being towed due to him being arrested. Seider said he needed to inventory the vehicle and get into the trunk.

The driver said there was a button on the back of the trunk to release the lid and then told Seider “there is illegal stuff in there.” Seider retrieved a duffel bag from the trunk and searched the bag with the assistance of another officer. The officers located marijuana, a grinder, a splitz cutter and $440 in cash.

The driver said he obtained the marijuana in Houston and said this was only the second time he had made the run, Seider’s report states. The driver “also explained that he was selling the marijuana in Brownwood to the locals,” the report states.

Deputies serve search warrant

Deputies executed the search warrant in the 1700 block of Dallas. The warrant named Watkins and Stephanie Valadez, who was named Stephanie Stevens in jail records, at their residence.

According to reports by narcotics detective Carlyle Gover:

As deputies conducted surveillance on the residence, Watkins left in a car. Gover made a traffic stop on the car, which was occupied by Watkins and two passengers.

Deputies executed the search warrant at the residence, which was occupied by two adults — Stevens and Fulton — and four juveniles ages 15, 10, 4 and 3.

Deputies located a plastic bag with approximately 11 grams of methamphetamine in a commode.

CPS responded to the scene because of the presence of the juveniles.

Jail log

Others booked into the Brown County Jail between 8 a.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday were:

Nicholas Castenada, 23, Brownwood, motions to revoke for delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of marijuana in a drug free zone.

Robert Denton, 48, Brownwood, traffic warrant.

Robert Gabhart, 49, evidence tampering.

Crystal Galloway, 29, Brownwood, parole violation, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a dangerous drug, failure to identify.

Donald Gilbert, 30, Brownwood, parole violation.

Jake Golub, 27, Brownwood, driving with invalid license.

Tiffani Heath, 26, Goldthwaite, failure to identify. 

Wesley Lanham III, 28, Brownwood, parole violation.

Rosa Lopez, 30, Blanket, motion to adjudicate for possession of marijuana.

Larale McNew, 38, Brownwood, traffic warrant, violating promise to appear.