Around lunchtime on Friday, members of the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office TAC Team went to a mobile home in the 25,100 block of Village Drive off of Baptist Encampment Road in New Caney to execute a search warrant based on information drugs were sold at the residence.
Four people were on location including homeowner Donald Binford, Craig Black, Tahona Barnett and Barnett’s toddler son.
A search of the residence revealed nearly 800 Hydrocodone tablets, over 600 Soma tablets, and a gallon size plastic bag and some smaller bags of marijuana. Most of the contraband was in a closet where deputies also found a rifle.
Binford admitting having sold Hydrocodone to Craig Black just before deputies arrived. Black was in the process of leaving when the TAC Team arrived, and was walking toward a Sears box truck. Deputies found a clear bag containing Hydrocodone an Soma in a recessed area of one of the truck’s wheels and a clear plastic bag containing marijuana behind the tire attached to that wheel.
Deputies contacted representatives of the distribution company that owned the Sears truck and they responded to the scene to take the vehicle. They said Black was on-duty that day and made a delivery earlier in Liberty County, then called and claimed he cut his finger but he would be able to work later that afternoon. They had no idea Black or their truck was in Montgomery County.
Tahona Barnett was inside the residence with her child when deputies arrived. She and the 19-month-old boy were about two feet away marijuana that was in plain view. Barnett admitted she was aware drugs were sold from the residence and said she had been on location many times when they were sold and used. Deputies arrested Barnett for placing her child in that situation.
Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said Barnett’s arrest was the most disturbing part of the situation.
“Finding a small child in a house full of drugs is upsetting,” Hayden said. “As a father, I can’t imagine putting my child in that situation.”
“Fortunately, the boy is too young to remember this day and hopefully Miss Barnett will learn a lesson and won’t let it happen again,” he said.
Donald D. Binford, 43, of New Caney is charged with first-degree felony Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Hydrocodone); third-degree felony Possession of Firearm by Felon; state jail felony Possession of Marijuana; and misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance (Soma).
Craig Allen Black, 38, of Hull is charged with Possession of Marijuana and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Hydrocodone and Soma).
Tahona Lynn Barnett, 23, of New Caney is charged with state jail felony Child Endangerment.