Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 5, 2012

Four arrested on drug, possible burglary charges

Faith Harper
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — An anonymous tip to the Jacksonville Police Department resulted in drug charges and the recovery of stolen property from a home burglary in the county.

Sgt. Daniel Franklin with the Jacksonville police said around 11:30 a.m. Friday, the department received a call alleging there were narcotics and stolen property at the French Quarter Apartments.

Franklin said it was enough information for the department to get a search warrant, signed by Judge Craig Fletcher. Because of allegations of stolen property in the county, the sheriff’s department assisted in executing the warrant. Franklin said in total eight officers arrived at the apartment.  

Kayla Tompkins, 23, of Jacksonville, Jesse Mims, 24, of Jacksonville, Andrew Tarver, 21, of Troup and Damean Carpenter, 21, of Troup, as well as a toddler, were in the apartment when officers arrived.

“I retrieved my K9 and did a search of the apartment,” Franklin said. “Mac (the K9 officer) gave several positive alerts throughout the apartment. One alert specifically on the closet in the master bedroom, and that is where we located approximately 6 grams of methamphetamine. There were also numerous plastic baggies that had methamphetamine residue.”

Franklin said the department also found drug paraphernalia.

“There was a lot of evidence — it looks like they were possibly cooking meth also — we didn't see a meth lab, like they were cooking it, but we saw a lot of the ingredients that are used to make meth,” he said.

And while the officers were searching for drugs, several items were discovered from a burglary in the county, and the sheriff's department called in a search warrant to look for stolen items. Franklin said the items included antiques, paintings, silverware and four guns: two pistols, a shotgun, and a rifle.

Capt. John Raffield with the sheriff's department said they believe the items came from a burglary on County Road 4619, north of Troup. He said the home was broken into twice last week.

“Right now it is a open investigation with a lot of property that came from a particular house,” Raffield said.

The four suspects in the home were charged with delivery of a controlled substance, between 4 grams and 200 grams. The charge is a first-degree felony. No one has been charged with theft or burglary, pending the sheriff's department’s investigation.

Franklin said the toddler was picked up by a family member and the department has called Child Protective Services.

“It's actually a very good deal how we were able work with the sheriff's department and recover a lot of stolen property from information we received,” Franklin said. “It shows a good collaboration between us and them.”