Two people were arrested and booked into the Somervell County Jail last weekend after authorities seized a large quantity of methamphetamine.
Richard L. Wimbish, 52, and Mary Helen Lopez, 55, both of Somervell County, each were charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance of more than 1 gram and less than 4 grams.
Both offenses are second-degree felonies, although the charge may be upgraded to a first-degree felony after lab tests come back, said Derrell McCravey, Somervell County chief deputy.
On Friday night, officers with Company “B” Texas Rangers, the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division and Somervell County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 5596 North FM 56, Lot #45. The address is a trailer park.
Officers seized a quantity of methamphetamine with an aggregate weight over 400 grams including adulterants and dilutants, the Somervell County Sheriff's Office reported. Officers also seized a quantity of chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
“They had been under investigation for a while,” McCravey said of Wimbish and Lopez.
When authorities executed the search warrant, “he was cooking (meth) that night,” McCravey added. The manufacturing operation was in the woods, he said.
Wimbish has a previous conviction for manufacture and delivery of meth.
“He's not going anywhere,” McCravey said.
The amount of the drugs seized, totaling about 50 ounces, is too large for personal use, McCravey added.
"It's pretty unusual to find these things (stationary meth cooking operations) anymore," McCravey said. "That's one less out there."