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Eviction for drugs leads to arrest for Arjay man

From The Bell County Sheriff's Department -

John David Matthews - BCDC

On Sunday, January 12, 2020 at approximately 10:14am Bell County Deputy Edward Dray was dispatched to a Bessie Gambrel Road residence in Arjay to assist with an eviction. Bell County Dispatch advised the caller was the residential owner and that she had been receiving numerous drug trafficking complaints in reference to the residence.


Upon arrival, Deputy Dray and the caller made contact with 53 year old John David Matthews of Arjay. Matthews was found to have an outstanding arrest warrant and was placed under arrest. A search incident to arrest revealed within his right pant pocket, two blue round Diazepam tablets. A further search of the immediate area where he was standing Deputy Dray found three glass pipes containing substance believed to be Methamphetamine, a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana, ten small clear plastic bags containing substance believed to be Methamphetamine, a digital scale, and mini-torches/lighters.


Within plain view, randomly throughout the home was found a metal spoon containing substance believed to be Methamphetamine, a digital scale, a shoestring (tourniquet); numerous syringes/needles (capped/uncapped), prescription bottles, and mini-torches/lighters.


Deputy Dray also discovered two more people living in the home, but Matthews admitted possession of the items and they were free to go.


K-9 Deputy Adam Southern was requested to assist on scene to conduct a search with the K9. Upon Deputy Southern's arrival, he deployed his K9 unit, which provided multiple positive alerts within Matthews’ bedroom and the living room where the majority of drugs and drug paraphernalia was located.


John David Matthews was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with possession of controlled substance -1st degree, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), possession of Marijuana, possession of controlled substance, 3rd Degree (drug unspecified - Diazepam), and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia. He was also served the outstanding bench warrant.

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