Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 24, 2012

Couple in their 50s arrested for drug activities

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A husband and wife were arrested Tuesday, following an investigation into drug activities in Cherokee Shores, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Eugenia Kay Neal, 55, and Ty Jon Neal, 52,  were each booked on first-degree felony charges of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (four grams to 200 grams).

They remained in custody Wednesday, with bond set at $25,000. First-degree felony offenses are punishable, upon conviction, by imprisonment of five to 99 years in prison.

The HCSO Drug Enforcement Unit had noticed signs of distribution of methamphetamines from the subdivision, and entered into an investigation that accumulated  probable cause for a search warrant.

Investigator Kay Langford prepared the affidavit, and presented it to Justice of the Peace Milton Adams, who issued a warrant for the search.

According to HCSO reports, officers proceeded to the residence, and executed the search. Authorities located a quantity of suspected methamphetamines, marijuana and drug paraphernalia used in the distribution of narcotics. The Neals were arrested at the scene, and transported to the Henderson County Justice Center.

Assisting in the search were Maj. Botie Hillhouse, Lt. David Faught, investigators Chad Walker and Jessica Halbert, and narcotics investigators Wick Gabbard and Langford.

In a separate incident, HCSO narcotics investigators made a second-degree felony arrest in Gun Barrel City, Monday night.

Desmond Wayne Pugh, 60, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (four grams to 200 grams). He was released Tuesday, with bond set at $25,000.

The charge carries a possible sentence of two to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

During an investigation, Langford and Gabbard obtained information concerning persons selling illegal substances at a residence in the Luther Lane Trailer Park.

JP Adams issued a warrant to search the residence. Officers located Pugh at the residence, and determined that he was in possession of a substance suspected to the methamphetamines.