By Will Johnson
CROCKETT – On Tuesday, Jan. 30, officers with the Crockett Police Department executed a search warrant at 109 Westside Dr. in Crockett which resulted in one arrest and the seizure of approximately 20 grams of crack cocaine.
Crockett resident Ashton Alexander Creag, 25, was arrested at the scene and charged with possession of a controlled substance – penalty group one – in an amount greater than or equal to four grams but less than 200 grams.
According to the arrest report, Creag was exiting the Westside Drive residence when the police officers arrived at the location.
CPD Lt. Clayton Smith “… told Creag why we (CPD officers) were there and explained that we had a search warrant for the property.”
The police lieutenant indicated Creag understood what was occurring prior to the warrant’s execution.
“During a search of the residence, officers located an off-white cookie-like substance just outside of Creag’s bedroom. Officers knew through training and experience that the cookie was crack cocaine,” the report stated.
Creag was detained at the scene, read his Miranda warning and initially declined to speak with the police. As the search continued, Creag relented and agreed to speak with Lt. Smith where he “… confessed and claimed ownership of the crack cocaine. Creag explained there was nothing in the house that belonged to anyone else but him.”
Creag was transported to the Houston County Jail and booked into custody on a single count of possession of a controlled substance – penalty group one – in an amount greater than or equal to four grams but less than 200 grams.
Under Texas law, the criminal offense is considered as a second degree felony. According to Section 12.33 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 20 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”
The suspected cocaine was field tested and the results were positive for cocaine. The illegal narcotic was also weighed and came in at approximately 20 grams.
Creag posted a bond of $20,000 and was released pending trial.
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