EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY – The Pct. 4 Constable’s Office has arrested 16 people and counting at nightclubs stretching from Splendora to Porter and on roadways in between, as part of a new undercover initiative that is teaching some people the reason behind the old adage “you can’t judge a book by its cover. Charges against the two women and 14 men included everything from possession of marijuana to public lewdness, and some outstanding warrants.
Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said citizens’ complaints prompted the operation targeting those who engage in illegal activities at drinking establishments in East Montgomery County.
A narcotics investigation at one location led to two arrests after an officer saw 46-year-old Calvin Clifford Coggins, Jr., of New Caney and Tracie Darlene Doss, 38, of Cleveland enter a vehicle in the parking lot where they removed their clothing and engaged in sexual intercourse. Deputy Rivera arrested both parties for public lewdness and public intoxication. Doss also had nine outstanding capias pro fine warrants, which are issued after a defendant defaults on an agreement with the court.
Cpl. Looza and Deputy Sapp arrested three men in the parking lot of another area nightclub after undercover officers watched the trio sharing marijuana cigarettes. Jose Luiz Deleon, 37, of New Caney; Larce Dean McGee, 32, of Porter and 34-year-old Marcus Bryan Barber were charged with possession of marijuana.
In a separate incident, Cpl. Looza and Deputy Sapp responded to a local bar following a call from undercover officers who saw 24-year-old Megon Rhea Crowley of Porter and 26-year-old Michael Troy Turner of Porter smoking marijuana on the premises. Crowley and Turner were charged with possession of marijuana.
Two other arrests for possession of marijuana occurred on area roadways during the operation. Deputy Chapa stopped 42-year-old James Kindle Daniels of Kingwood for a traffic violation and then noticed the pungent odor of burned marijuana coming from the vehicle. Daniels denied using the illegal substance and refused to allow Chapa to search his vehicle, but had no choice after Chapa’s K9 partner, Porter, gave a positive odor response on the vehicle. Marijuana was removed from the van and Kindle was arrested.
Deputy Bergland arrested 32-year-old Jonathan Luke Gibbs of Porter under similar circumstances. A routine traffic stop for a minor violation led to the discovery marijuana inside Gibbs’ vehicle in addition to an outstanding warrant (capias pro fine).
Deputy Bergland also arrested Barry James Elverd, 22, of Porter, after an attempted traffic stop led to a pursuit. When Bergland noticed a violation and activated his emergency lights, Elverd accelerated and fled at a high rate of speed to an area apartment complex where he continued driving at an unsafe speed through the parking area before turning into a parking space. Elverd was trying to get out of his vehicle, but was tangled in his seatbelt when Bergland caught up with him. He was charged with evading arrest in motor vehicle.
An expired motor vehicle registration resulted in the arrest of 30-year-old Jeromy Lane Honaker, of Porter on eight outstanding warrants (assault/family violence, 2 failure to appear and 5 capias pro fine).
Knowing when to quit, or perhaps, when to go home might have saved three others from arrest. Cpl. Looza and Deputy Sapp were on patrol when they responded to a disturbance in progress at a local night club where they arrested 30-year-old John Wesley Burke for public intoxication. Burke exhibited signs of extreme intoxication and was confrontational with officers.
Deputy Boudreaux arrested 21-year-old Keith Gordon Gay, of Porter, for public intoxication when the officer responded to an area bar where someone reported a disturbance in progress involving Gay. Another disturbance in progress report at a local night club resulted in an outstanding warrant arrest. Cpl. Looza and Deputy Sapp arrested 38-year-old William Ed Heart on an outstanding warrant.
Additional arrests are pending and the successful operation will continue. Constable Hayden hopes the arrests send a clear message that should reassure those who respect the law and serve notice to those who break it.
“We’re happy with the results of our latest initiative and we’re constantly working on new strategies to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for the residents of Precinct 4.” Constable Hayden said. “We have a warning for those who disregard the law – straighten up or stay out of East Montgomery County.”