The pursuit of methamphetamine dealers and users has kept the Reagan County Sheriff’s Department busy as the Holiday season hits full stride.

The department has shown its emphasis on stopping the drugs rampant spread throughout the county by going after dealers and users with equal fervor.

“You can’t pick and choose when you enforce the law,” Reagan County Sheriff Jeff Garner said. “Everyone needs to understand we don’t want drugs in our community. We don’t distinguish between dealers and users. It is simple, if the users aren’t here, the dealer won’t be here either.”

Garner said his department will pursue any charge they can no matter the level because it makes the community safer.

“The information we have been gathering does show an increase of methamphetamine here in Big Lake,” Garner said. “It is true, when you shut one source down, another is likely to pop up. There is too much money and pressure at stake. Our job is to make this town extremely hot when it comes to selling and using drugs. So hot that those people look for another place to make their money. It is a continuous battle, but all of our deputies are on board.”

Garner had a suggestion for anyone using or selling drugs in Big Lake and Reagan County.

“There are four roads into and out of here,” Garner said. “Pick one and leave. The good people of this community do not want you here, and my department will do everything in our power to catch you and charge you.”

Some recent arrests show the department’s dedication to removing methamphetamine from Big Lake.

William Scheemann was arrested on November 26 on charges stemming from a September 17, 2018 traffic stop.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Schneemann was stopped on that day in Big Lake by Deputy Daniel Hernandez. While on the stop,

Hernandez conducted a free air sniff around the vehicle with K-9 Officer Laura.

Laura alerted on the vehicle giving Deputy Hernandez probable cause to conduct a search.

During the search, Hernandez found a glass pipe and a plastic bottle with a yellow liquid inside.

The pipe and bottle were sent to the DPS lab in Midland, Texas for testing.

“That case was a little drawn out due to the nature of the drug in question,” Garner said. “We don’t have a way to field test that liquid. We can test crystals or powder, but the liquid is a little trickier.”

The pipe and yellow liquid inside the plastic bottle tested positive for methamphetamine from the DPS lab.

The total weight of methamphetamine recovered from the vehicle was just under seven grams.

Schneemann was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Grade 1, More than 4 Grams, but Less than 200 Grams.
That charge is a Second Degree Felony.

Another arrest was made for methamphetamine, this time on November 27.

Sergeant Nick Hammer conducted a traffic stop on a white Ford Expedition on Sengleman Street in Big Lake.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the driver of the vehicle, Jaime Gonzalez, consented to a search of his vehicle.

While searching, Seargeant Hammer located a tan grocery bag between the driver’s seat and the center console.

Inside the bag were white crystals which field tested positive for methamphetamine.
The total weight recovered was 7.7 grams.

Gonzalez was charged with  Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penatly Grade 1, More than 4 Grams, but Less than 200 Grams.
That charge is a Second Degree Felony.

Deputies were again busy on December 1 when Deputy Dylan Wanoreck noticed a silver SUV make a wide turn onto State Highway 137 and drive on top of the white line along the shoulder.

Deputy Wanoreck ran the vehicles license plate and received a return showing the vehicle’s registration was expired.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Samantha McLean (AKA Angel Davis).

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, McLean was acting very nervous during the stop.

McLean gave the deputy consent to search her vehicle, but not the glove box. She told the deputy that a friend had put something in the glove box, and she had promised not to open it.

McLean was notified that a K-9 would conduct an air sniff around the vehicle, and with that information she decided to open the glove box for Deputy Wanoreck.

Inside the glove box, a small black bag was located which contained a used pipe and what appeared to be meth residue and a lighter.

A field test returned positive for methamphetamine on the residue.

McLean (Davis) was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Grade 1, Less than One Gram.
That charge is a State Jail Felony.

A day later, deputies executed a search warrant on the office of Black Gold RV Park located at 50 Sengleman in Big Lake.

Upon arriving, deputies identified Scott Allen Davis inside the office.

Scott Davis and Samantha McLean (Angel Davis) have identified themselves as married.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Scott Davis was the only person inside the office and is identified as a manager of the RV Park.

During the search, a quantity of methamphetamine was located.

Scott Allen Davis was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Grade 1, Less than One Gram.
That charge is a State Jail Felony.

Sheriff Garner said he is extremely proud of his deputies and their persistence with enforcing drug laws in Big Lake.

“Again, our goal is to make this a very uncomfortable place to do drugs,” Garner said. “You do that by going after dealers and users. Going after users means less drugs on the streets. It also places pressure on the sellers. We gain so much information from the users. They know, especially if it is their first offense, there is a good chance they can strike a deal if they are willing to help out. Most people in this world will take that deal.”

Garner said again, the ultimate goal is to drive the drugs out of the community.

“We want to make Big Lake a little quieter,” Garner said. “Maybe a few of these people will move on. What they don’t realize is, if they are doing this in San Antonio, who is going to care? If you do it here... Everyone cares. You make yourself a huge target. They should pick a road and head on out.”