Authorities charge Lufkin man on meth crime for 3rd time in 2 years

Matthew Havard mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Matthew Havard mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Lufkin man on meth charges for the third time in less than two years, four weeks after getting out of jail on the last offense.

Matthew Thomas Havard, 47, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, and possession of certain chemicals with intent to manufacture, a second-degree felony.

Havard is on a five-year probation for a June conviction following a January arrest at his home.

According to Sgt. Allen Hill, the sheriff's office executed a search order requested by the probation department and granted by a judge after Havard failed a drug screening.

Deputies carried out the order around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on the 4200 block of Oakwood Drive in the Fuller Springs area and found 538 grams of liquid meth, some was stored in an air-conditioning unit, Hill said.

"We're not going to quit," Hill said. "Any way we can get to them. We're going to get to them. Now is the time to quit. It's a good time to quit. Get away. People aren't listening. The message is out there stop, but it's falling on deaf ears I guess."

Three people who Hill said are affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood were also in the house but they were questioned and released.

Deputies arrested Havard in Feb. 2010 after conducting a "knock and talk" on the home. Havard was not home at the time, but the sheriff's office charged him with the crime anyway. Sgt. Allen Hill said prosecutors threw out the charges on him because he was not home at the time of the raid.

Havard was home for the January 2011 raid and he was convicted of the charge.

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