ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man has been sentenced to ten years deferred adjudication for his role in running a meth lab.
William Randall Matteson, 47, was arrested in July 2011 and charged with possession of transport chemicals with intent to manufacture.
An Angelina County Sheriff's Office S.W.A.T. team raided a storage building on State Highway 103 East and arrested Matteson on a first-degree felony drug charge.
Sgt. Allen Hill said deputies raided the building on the 5200 block of Highway 103 around 9 a.m. July 8, 2011, finding between 250 and 300 grams of liquid meth.
"Meth is taking ahold of America," said Sheriff Kent Henson. "It's not just us, and everywhere I go people ask me, y'all have a meth problem? Yes, we do, we have a meth problem. We're not going to hide it and we're going to do everything we can. We only have two narcotics agents, but the whole department works as a whole and that's our goal. We're here to fight this and we're going to shut it down."
According to Angelina County Jail and publicdata.com records, it is the first time Matteson has been charged with a crime.
On top of the ten years deferred adjudication, Matteson is also ordered to pay a 500-dollar fine.