Two arrested in Spurger drug bust

Drugs and a rifle recovered as a result of a July 21 traffic stop.Drugs and a rifle recovered as a result of a July 21 traffic stop.

by Emily Waldrep

A Texas DPS officer who wanted to conduct a home visit on someone in the county contacted a Tyler County Sheriff's Department narcotics officer on July 21. Once they arrived in the Spurger area they saw a green Dodge pickup driven by a white female who was not wearing a seat belt. The officers turned around to initiate a traffic stop and the vehicle turned left onto County Road 4560 and then into a driveway.
While pursuing the vehicle, deputies noticed several items being thrown from the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Misty Loftin, age 32, of Spurger. Loftin admitted that she did not have a valid drivers license.

A passenger was identified as Leonard Wain Essary, age 33, also of Spurger.

DPS assisted deputies in picking up all the items that had been thrown from the vehicle and then conducted a search of the vehicle.

According to Chief Deputy Phil Ryan, deputies recovered a syringe and a broken pill in the cup holder, which Essary admitted to owning. The items thrown from the vehicle were a small blue bag with money in it, a large plastic baggie, a few medium sized baggies and several small baggies all containing a white crystal substances indicative of methamphetamine.

Another box contained a pill, a straw, several scoop spoons, a scale, four large plastic baggies and another baggie containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. There were also empty medium and small-sized baggies with white residue.

"All of the bags found were the same type of bag and appeared to be packaged for sale," Ryan said.
Loftin was charged with Driving While License Invalid, Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1.

Essary was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1.

Both were taken into custody, and since Loftin was previously on probation she gave consent to search her residence, which is in compliance with her probation orders.

On the same day, DPS went to CR 4565 to perform that search, along with Tyler County Sheriff's Department and Matt O'Neil, Loftin's probation officer.

The house was searched and multiple paraphernalia items were found, including baggies for the packaging of narcotics, scales, baggies containing a white crystal substance indicative of methamphetamine, several prescription pills in a plastic container and a .22 caliber rifle.

"The rifle was found in a bedroom where Misty Loftin and Troy Bohler stay," Ryan said. "Bohler is a convicted felon and cannot be in possession of a firearm"

All of the illegal items were photographed and brought to the Sheriff's Department where they were recorded into evidence.

"Everything was consistent with the sale and manufacture of methamphetamine or other type of drugs," Ryan said.

Bohler was also charged with Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.