by Emily Waldrep
On February 3, the Tyler County Sheriff's Office Obtained a Narcotic Search Warrant for a residence in the Whitetail Ridge Community Road 18. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, Tyler County Deputies, along with Officers from the Woodville Police Department comprised a team referred to as the Special Response Team. The team executed the search warrant at the residence and encountered three individuals identified as Gene St. Germaine, Steven Weaver and Elsa Williams.
Once in the residence they discovered clear plastic baggies containing marijuana and clear plastic bags with a crystal substance inside that field tested positive for methamphetamines, Weatherford said. Some of the Methamphetamine was found in a Disney "Frozen" themed canister that children would play with. There were no children home at the time of the search, but children did live at the residence and CPS was contacted. CPS has an ongoing case with that particular household, according to Chief Deputy Phil Ryan.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the search was a long and difficult process due to several outbuildings and additional buildings on the property that needed to be searched.
St. Germaine, who does not reside at the residence, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Both Weaver and Williams were arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance, third degree felony.
"Weaver is high on our list as a person we want to get out of the community by incarcerating him as often as it takes for him to go away," Ryan said.
"We encountered some citizens that were appreciative of us for coming into the community and trying to clean it up," Weatherford said.