POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested two men and one woman on drug and child endangerment charges Tuesday after they executed a search warrant on a home and allegedly found crack cocaine in a area where a small child was present.
Ray Vonerich Parks Jr., 25, of Point Blank, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on state-jail felony charges of endangering a child, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams, and possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams. Collectively, his bail was set at $35,000.
Donald Thomas Simmons Sr., 57, of Houston, and Amber Lynn Johnson, 20, of Coldspring, were both booked into the Polk County Jail on state-jail felony charges of endangering a child and possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams. Simmons is still being held in the jail, and his bail has been set at $15,000. Johnson was released Tuesday after she posted at $15,000.
According to an arrest affidavit, a PCSO narcotics detective spotted a white Buick driven by Parks traveling south on FM 356 at approximately 9:52 Monday night. Another deputy saw the vehicle leave Parks' residence, which was described in the affidavit as a "known narcotics house."
The PCSO deputy stopped the Buick at the Onalaska Post Office and noticed an open container of alcohol in plain view, the affidavit stated. After Park was asked to step out of his vehicle, he consented to a search. A large amount of cash was found on Parks, and his passenger was found to be in possession of 2.5 grams of crack cocaine, the affidavit stated.
PCSO deputies obtained a search warrant at approximately midnight Tuesday. According to the affidavit, deputies found crack cocaine in the "common area" of the home where a small child was present and had access to the drug.