11 of 13 June Drug Indictments are Meth Related

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – It is an open secret in Houston County. There is a drug problem in the oldest county in the state of Texas.

On Wednesday, June 13, Houston County District Attorney Donna Gordon Kaspar and Assistant District Attorney Roger L. White met with the Houston County Jury.

The meeting resulted in 18 people being indicted, without pending capias included, according to the DA’s office. One person was indicted twice for the same crime, but on different dates of occurrence.

According to Black’s Law Dictionary, “In most instances, a capias warrant is issued in connection with failure to appear before court in a criminal case.”

Of the 18 people indicted: 13 were for drug related offenses; two were for taking wildlife resources without the landowners consent; two were for driving while intoxicated; one was for forgery; and one was for sexual assault of child.

Carrying this one step further, the DA reported 11 of the 13 drug related offenses involved the possession or distribution of methamphetamine.

Eight people were indicted on nine charges of possession of a controlled substance, penalty group one, in an amount less than one gram.

These eight people were: Jimmy Lindon Bird; Justin Dean Cook; Sarah Christine Cook; Jamie Lynn Driskell; Raymond James, Jr.; Dana Leigh McConnell; Nyesha Sharnae Moore; Casey Brett Morgan; and Charity Ann Rehnborg.

Justin Dean Cook was indicted for two separate offenses. One of his possession charges stemmed from an incident on Aug. 30, 2017 while the other occurred on April 28, 2018.

Along with the possession of a controlled substance, penalty group one indictment, McConnell was also indicted for possession of a controlled substance, penalty group two, in an amount less than one gram.

Moore’s indictment was enhanced because the offense occurred in a drug free zone. She was also indicted for possession of a controlled substance, penalty group two, in an amount greater than one gram but less than four grams.

James Dale Berkley was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, penalty group one, in an amount less than four grams.

Daniel Eric Groot and Richard Hampton Hayslett face a pair of drug-related indictments. Both men were indicted for possession ofcontrolled substance with the intent to deliver, penalty group one, in an amount greater than four grams but less than 200 grams.

The drugs in penalty group one include: cocaine; heroin; methamphetamine; morphine; oxycodone; flunitrazepam (Rohypnol); gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB); and ketamine.

Included in the penalty group two classification are: ecstasy; PCP; LSD; and mescaline.

The two men were also indicted for possession of a controlled substance, penalty group one, in an amount greater than four grams but less than 200 grams.

In other indictments, both Thomas Farrell Hankins and Alvin Lee Strong were indicted for taking wildlife resources without the landowner’s consent.

Sean Mikel Abke was indicted for his third or more DWI while Kanika Jenkins was indicted for a DWI with a child younger than 15 in the vehicle.

Fieldon Lane Humble was indicted for the sexual assault of a child as well as indecency with a child.

Robert Glenn Dixon was indicted for forgery.

An indictment is a formal accusation against someone who is suspected of committing a serious crime, filed after the conclusion of a grand jury investigation. It is not a judgement or plea of guilt.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.