Orange man indicted for possession of controlled substance

Published 11:09 am Friday, December 6, 2019

From staff reports

Clayton Drake, 46, of Orange, was indicted by the Jefferson County Grand Jury on Wednesday for possession of a controlled substance, a second degree felony.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop at approximately 1:30 a.m. on January 20, 2018, near Interstate 10 and Major Drive in Beaumont, due to the driver failing to maintain a single lane of travel and failing to signal a lane change while changing lanes.

Clayton Drake told the deputy, according to the affidavit for arrest warrant, he was leaving Orange and heading towards Liberty to meet his girlfriend.

The deputy knew this to be false information, according to the affidavit for arrest warrant, as the deputy was aware Drake was leaving the Executive Inn and Suites and Drake would have traveled from the opposite direction if Drake was really coming from Orange at the time.

After receiving consent to search the vehicle, the deputy located a clear bag of methamphetamines.

Drake was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. The baggie weighed 23 grams.

Indictment is not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.