Silsbee man arrested on Silsbee warrants, Tyler County drug charges

by Emily Waldrep

A Silsbee man was arrested in Woodville for several serious Silsbee warrants, as well as new drug charges in Tyler County.

Mike McCulley with the Woodville Police Department said that they had been notified by the assistant police chief in Silsbee that a wanted suspect had been staying at a residence in Woodville. Shortly after, Woodville police, along with Silsbee police, obtained the address of the home and set up a short surveillance on the property.

It was determined that the suspect, identified as Keniel J Elam, age 28, of Silsbee, was in the residence. Elam was wanted in Silsbee for several felonies, including felony evading, assault on a public servant and deadly conduct.

After identifying the suspect,, officers went to the residence, located on the 1000th block of Albert Drive. The adult residents gave officers permission to search the home, and Captain McCulley, Sergeant Borel, Chief Yosko, and Officer Deshazo of the Woodville Police Department, and Officer Blackwell and Officer Rogers of the Silsbee Police Department, all converged on a sweep and search of the house.

Elam was found in a bedroom underneath the bed and was arrested without incident.
"Lying next to Elam on the floor was a blue duffel bag that contained narcotics and money," McCulley said. "The drugs consisted of 200 grams of cocaine, 3 ounces of hydro marijuana, 3 grams of what appeared to be ecstasy tablets, 3 grams of xanax, along with $1,000 in cash."
The bag also contained Elam's ID card.

"It's always nice when you have that happen when you are eliminating any other possible suspects," McCulley said.

Elam was charged with Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, with Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2, with Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3, Possession of Marijuana, along with the Silsbee Warrants.

An additional resident of the home, identified as Kedra Lee, age 20, who claimed to be Elam's girlfriend, was also charged with Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution of a Felon.

Elam is currently in custody on the Silsbee warrants in the Hardin County jail. There is a hold on him for the Tyler County warrants. The Texas Pardon and Parole Board also wanted Elam for a Blue warrant.