Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 14, 2010

Arrests net more than $20,000 worth of meth

From staff reports

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that recent arrests have taken more than $20,000 worth of methamphetamine off the street.

The Drug Enforcement Unit made two arrests in separate traffic stops over the weekend.

David Lancaster, 46, and Chad Swindle, 27, were each charged with manufacture/ delivery of a controlled substance (four grams to 200 grams).

The offense is a first-degree felony, and carries a sentence of five-years-to-life in prison upon conviction.

Both Lancaster and Swindle posted $50,000 bond and were released from custody.

The first arrest was Jan. 6 in Caney City. DEU investigators conducted a traffic stop on Lancaster on Barron Road.

A search of the pickup revealed a bank bag under the hood. Inside the bag, investigators found a large ziplock bag containing about four ounces of suspected methamphetamine.

Three days later, DEU officers were in Athens, where they conducted a stop on Swindle’s vehicle. Swindle had about an ounce of meth in his pocket at the time of the stop, reports said.

Swindle gave investigators permission to conduct a search of his residence. There, officers found another three ounces of meth, and seized about $1,000 in cash, authorities believe was obtained in drug sales.

As a result of the two traffic stops and the search of the house, the HCSO seized more than a half-pound of crystal meth, sometimes referred to as “ice.”

Investigators Ronny Halbert, David Faught and Darrell Waller participated in the arrests.