by Emily Waldrep
According to Captain Mike McCulley with the Woodville Police Department, there is a type of Synthetic Marijuana being sold in the Woodville area that has severe effects, over the normal effects people would expect from the drug.
Officer Dees was dispatched to the 800th block of Cardinal drive on Monday, July 25 in reference to reports of a male subject walking around without any clothes on. According to McCulley, when Dees arrived on scene she observed the male subject walking down the street naked, obviously under the influence of some type of drug due to his demeanor and body language.
He was identified as Jarvis Barlow, age 24, of Woodville.
"Officers are typically instructed to wait for backup if the person is under the influence," McCulley said. "Once backup arrived, Barlow was placed under arrest without incident."
According to a witness, Barlow was seen with a baggie of substance in his hand prior to officer's arrival. Officers were able to locate the baggie, which contained synthetic marijuana.
Barlow was transported the the Tyler County Jail and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Public Intoxication.
After he arrived at the jail, he was very erratic and had to be isolated. In addition, complaints were made that children were in the area when Barlow was walking around Cardinal that may have observed him walking around without any clothes on. The complaints are being investigated and additional charges, such as indecent exposure, could occur.
In a second case that occurred on July 24, Officer Hoke with the Woodville Police Department was dispatched to the 300th block of South Magnolia, near the intersection of MLK. Hoke was dispatched to assist a state Trooper that was already at the scene of a motor accident.
According to McCulley, reports stated that the vehicle left the roadway and ran through a produce stand and then hit a pole near Tyler County Tractor. The Trooper advised Officer Hoke that they were trying to remove the driver from the vehicle but a struggle ensued.
"The driver struggled with officers, kicking and pushing away trying to avoid being placed under arrest," McCulley said. "Officer Hoke and the State Trooper were able to subdue the driver and take him into custody."
The driver was identified as Lamond Midkiff, age 38, of Woodville and deemed to be under the influence of synthetic marijuana after observing his behavior and interviewing him.
According to officers, immediately after the vehicle came to a stop a black male passenger fled the scene on foot and officers are attempting to identify the individual who left the vehicle, and any help identifying the man would be greatly appreciated. Tips can be called into the Woodville Police Department at 283-5262.
Midkiff was charged with a DWI and resisting arrest.
"We have talked about synthetic marijuana in the past but it seems to be more and more prevalent, and we want the public to know that there is some out on the street that people are selling that is laced with something," McCulley said. "We don't know what it is laced with, but its obviously giving much worse effects than synthetic marijuana alone."
If anyone has any information on where this substance is coming from, tips can be called into the Woodville Police Department at 283-5262.