ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service arrested two men who were on their way to the Rainbow Gathering on March 30 after a search of their vehicle allegedly revealed several plastic bags of methamphetamine and 16 tabs of acid.
Garry Lee McDaniel, 37, of Grapeland, and Kerry Scott Welch, 41, of Houston were both booked into the Angelina County Jail on March 31.
McDaniel was charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance and is still being held in the Angelina County Jail. Collectively, his bonds have been set at $6,000.
After posting a collective bail of $10,000, Welch was released from jail on April 5. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams and another possession of a controlled substance charge; both charges are felonies.
According to the on-view probable cause arrest warrants obtained from the Angelina County District Attorney's Office Friday morning, the U.S. Forest Service officer was conducting motor vehicle compliance checks on Forest Service Road 355, when he stopped a vehicle driven by McDaniel because the man was not wearing a seat belt.
When the U.S. Forest Service officer searched the vehicle, he found several small plastic bags of what was believed to be meth and 16 tabs of what was believed to be acid. Both men admitted to knowing about the drugs being in the vehicle.
Men and women from all over Texas gathered in the Angelina National Forest toward the end of March for the first "Texas Regional Rainbow Gathering" held in East Texas in more than 20 years.