TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Law enforcement officers from three counties have teamed up to put what one official says was a very evasive meth dealer behind bars.
Angelina Sheriff's Office Capt. Allen Hill said he has been trying to arrest Harold David Neyland, 65, for years.
On Thursday, Hill said they followed Neyland to Trinity County and contacted the sheriff's office in Groveton to let them know he was there.
Trinity County Sheriff's Inv. Paul Shipper said Neyland was on his way to sell meth and they pulled him over and detained him for questioning. Neyland gave them permission to search his vehicle, but Shipper said deputies could not find meth in there.
Shipper said at the sheriff's office, deputies caught Neyland trying to take meth out of his shoe and flush it down the toilet, but deputies managed to keep him from doing so.
Deputies arrested Neyland on a charge of possession of narcotics in a correctional institution.
Hill said Angelina County deputies served a search warrant at Neyland's residence on Thursday and found half of an ounce of meth. Friday, Hill obtained a warrant on a charge of second-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Shipper said the investigation was a collaborative effort between authorities in Angelina, Trinity and Walker counties.
A federal grand jury indicted Neyland in 2007 on meth charges. Neyland was sentenced to 22 months in prison in Feb. 2008. According to court documents, he finished his supervised release in Dec. 2011.