Sheriff: Meth cook caught in act

January 2, 2013

The Hood County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted a drug investigation that revealed a methamphetamine lab on Thursday, and a 55-year-old man who was in the process of cooking meth was arrested, according to Lieutenant Johnny Rose.

Leon Earl Hilliard, of the 3000 block of Clay Street in Thorp Spring, was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, Penalty Group 1, more than 200 grams/under 400 grams, Rose said. That qualifies as a first-degree felony.

“Hilliard was in the process of cooking meth (in) the 4900 block of Glen Rose Highway,” Rose stated.

The Hood County Narcotics Unit disabled the meth lab with help from a DPS Narcotics Unit, Rose said of the incident, which took place at about 5 p.m.

“Active drug labs can be very dangerous when in the ‘cooking stage,’” Rose said. “Officers have to be extremely careful when dealing with the highly volatile chemicals.”

Hilliard’s bond on the drug count was set at $25,000.

He also had an outstanding warrant out of Hamilton County in Tennessee on a charge of making a false report to a peace officer, according to Rose. That’s a Class B misdemeanor, and no bond will be set, Rose said.

ASSAULT CHARGE

Deputies responding to a disturbance call in the 200 block of Gandy Street in Lipan Wednesday night arrested a 24-year-old Lipan man and charged him with striking his girlfriend in the head and choking her, Rose said.

Rose noted that the 27-year-old victim was treated at the scene by paramedics.

“Deputies discovered Devan Dillon Turner had assaulted his girlfriend by pulling her hair, striking her in the head with his knee and choking her several times with his bare hands,” Rose said.

Turner is facing a third-degree felony count of family violence assault/choking. His bond was set at $15,000.

DRUG CHARGE

A traffic stop on Thursday resulted in a felony drug charge against a 30-year-old Hood County man, Rose said.

Just before midnight, a deputy pulled over a vehicle in the 2200 block of Acton Highway and arrested Clint Daniels Dunlap after methamphetamine was discovered, according to the lieutenant.

Dunlap, of the 4200 block of Spanish Oak Street in the Oak Trail Shores subdivision, is facing a state jail felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, Penalty Group 1, less than 1 gram.

His bond was set at $7,500.

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