Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 13, 2013

Black-tar heroin recovered, arrest made

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office discovered a substance believed to be black-tar heroin at a traffic stop and made an arrest on Monday in Gun Barrel City.

Javier Reyes, 27, was booked into the Henderson County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance (less than one gram), possession of marijuana (less than two grams) and driving without a valid license. He was released Tuesday on bond totaling $11,000.

According to HCSO reports, Dep. Gregg Hill stopped Reyes’ vehicle for a traffic violation on Welch Street in Gun Barrel City.  Hill identified the driver, and found that he did not have a valid license.

Reports indicate that while searching the vehicle, Hill discovered the black, tar-like substance that appeared to be heroin. He also located a small amount of marijuana and certain drug paraphernalia.

Possession of heroin is a state jail felony which carries a possible sentence of up to two years in  a state facility,  and a possible fine, not to exceed $10,000. The other charges are Class B misdemeanors.

According to the FBI website, black-tar heroin is one of the most common forms of the drug in the Southwest U.S. It has a non-powdery consistency which distinguishes it from other forms of heroin.