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March 15, 2014

OC Sheriff's Office cracks down on drugs

ORANGE — Orange County Sheriff’s Office is cracking down on drug activity in the area as four men in two days have been arrested for possession of a controlled substance in two unrelated incidents.

“The deputies know what to look for during these stops,” Orange County Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson said.

A Special Services Division Detective stopped a vehicle at approximately 11 p.m., Wednesday,  near the Interstate 10 north service road located near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Orange, for failure to maintain a single lane of travel.

A search of the  Chevrolet Avalanche revealed two baby bottles containing a liquid substance believed to be approximately 12 ounces of Codeine, a controlled substance and a 9-mm semiautomatic firearm.

The driver, Desmond Spears,  29, and passenger, Darrell Powell, 32, both of Orange, were arrested.

Both men were charged with possession of a controlled substance, a first degree felony. Spears, a previously convicted felon, was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, a Class A misdemeanor and felon possession of a firearm, a 3rd degree felony.

Justice of the Peace Judge  David Peck arraigned both men Thursday morning.

Spears’ bonds total $42,000. He was released from jail on Thursday.

Powell’s bonds total $60,000 and remains in jail.

According to Hodgkinson, Powell was on probation at the time of the arrest.

Sheriff Merritt said, according to a press release, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will continue to target individuals who sell, distribute or use drugs in the county and will use all resources available to get drugs out of the community.

“The Sheriff has beefed up the narcotics division and they are being more aggressive in stopping the drug traffic in the area,” Hodgkinson said.

In an unrelated incident, a Special Services Division Detective stopped a Dodge truck approximately 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at the 2300 block of Lutcher in Orange for defective lighting equipment.

The driver, Justin Keith Martin, 26, of Orange, was detained due to failure to produce a driver’s license.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 25 grams of methaphetamine.

Martin and his passenger, John Mason Edwards, 27, of Bridge City, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance, a 2nd degree felony.

Bond was set by Justice of the Peace Judge  David Peck at $50,000 each.

Both men remain in custody at the Orange County Jail.

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