TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - A joint effort between the Trinity Police Department and the Trinity County Sheriff's Department resulted in the arrests of three people and the seizure of prescription pills, methamphetamine, packaging material, and cash early Thursday morning.
Dennis Duane Durdin, 41, Benjamin Earl Hanson, 27, and Amanda Autumn Miles, 25, all of Trinity, were arrested at the scene and charged with delivery of a controlled substance. The three suspects were taken to the Trinity County Jail.
The law enforcement officials executed a search warrant on a house on Clegg Street in Trinity around midnight Thursday morning," according to Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace. They also executed an arrest warrant for Hanson following an undercover drug buy.
Wallace said they had been watching the residence and had received several complaints of drug activity in and around the home.
When the police officers and sheriff's deputies searched the house, they found an assortment of prescription drugs, several baggies of meth ready to sell, a small amount of cash, and packaging materials. The meth was hidden in the kitchen area in different containers like key holders and a WD-40 can, Wallace said.
Wallace said the suspects weren't cooking the meth at the house on Clegg Street; they were just selling it there.
Durdin was asleep when they law enforcement officials arrived on the scene, and they had to wake him up before they searched the residence. Miles was also in the house when the police officers and sheriff's deputies arrived with the search warrant.
Police Chief Steve Jones says they've only been documenting the busts for several months now, but he's seen a big difference in crime.
"The criminals know that we have people out here looking. They don't know who's going to report to us. They don't know who's going to talk to us and it's really helped us a lot," Jones said.
Jones said several years ago he went to a police chief training course in Huntsville and was told how important it was to show the public the work they were doing.
"If you let the community know that you are out here doing something than the community tends to, from what we've found, talk back to us. They communicate now with us. When we go somewhere...and they say 'hey, I saw that on Facebook....I saw that on KTRE and this has also happened and this is what I saw the other day," Jones said.
But reviews of the videos haven't all been positive, Jones said.
"I've had some negative feedback from some law enforcement officers and they say 'your video...it's going to hurt your case in court.' I haven't had it happen yet and if it does hurt my case in court then we'll deal with that at the time, but it's public record. It's public information. The case is closed because we've made the arrests on them," Jones said.
Jones says most law enforcement agencies work differently, but for Trinity, the videos have helped.
"People want to see for themselves what we're doing and what happened. It was a simple search warrant. We went into the house. Everything was actually a little calmer than what you would think and we took care of our business. People actually enjoy seeing the action," Jones said.