Chambers Co. engages in War on Drugs

Chambers County Sheriff’s deputies discovered 10 kilos of cocaine hidden in a speaker during a “routine” traffic stop on IH-10. Law enforcement has targeted the interstate as a major drug corridor between Houston and Louisiana.

CHAMBERS COUNTY— The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office continues its war on drugs, both in local communities and on Interstate Highway 10.
Patrol deputies have made numerous felony and misdemeanor drug arrests in recent months. “Several notable drug seizures and arrests have been made by the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit”, stated Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive.

“Meth” found in Anahuac
On Oct. 6, 2010, deputies with the Streets Crimes Unit of the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office conducted a “knock and talk” at a residence located in the 5100 block of South Main Street in Anahuac, Texas. Information had been received from numerous people that the occupants of the residence had been selling methamphetamine.

Three white females and a white male were located in the residence, and a second white male was leaving the residence as deputies arrived. During a search of the residence, 30 grams of suspected methamphetamine were seized, along with a digital scale commonly used for weighing illegal narcotics.
The white male at the residence, identified as 25 year old Zachary James Baty, confessed to owning the methamphetamine and was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance (2nd Degree Felony). Baty was later released from the Chambers County Jail, after posting a $10,000 bond.
Arrest at OR-W’s “The Curve”
The next day, on Oct. 7, 2010, the Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at a convenience store, known as “The Curve”, located in the 4500 block of FM 565, in Old River, Texas. A narcotics investigation had revealed that the store operator, Timmy McCoy Flynn (42 year old white male of Baytown) was selling suspected narcotics out of the store.
Flynn was located in the store at the time of the search warrant, along with a small amount of suspected methamphetamine, a small amount of the suspected street drug “ecstasy”, a digital scale, nearly $500 cash, a pistol and a shotgun.
Flynn was arrested on two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance less than 1 gram (state jail felony). Flynn was later released from the Chambers County jail, after posting a $20,000 bond. The Curve convenience store later closed.
Traffic stop leads to cocaine
On Dec. 10, 2010 at approximately 6:13 p.m., while patrolling IH10, Deputies stopped a black 2006 Buick LeSabre, bearing a Louisiana license plate.
The Buick was traveling eastbound near the 807 mile marker, and committed a traffic violation (following too close). Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Kendrell Torell Barthelemy (24 year old black male from Point A La Hach, La.), Deputies detected an overwhelming smell of burnt marijuana coming from the driver compartment of the vehicle.
Barthelemy became extremely nervous and gave inconsistent statements during the traffic stop, but gave consent to search his vehicle. As Deputies were conducting the search, Barthelemy fled across IH10 on foot and disappeared into a wooded area.
Chambers County Deputies and Texas State Troopers conducted an extensive search of the area, aided by a Texas Department of Public Safety Helicopter, but could not locate Barthelemy.
However, Deputies did locate approximately 10 kilograms of suspected powder cocaine, hidden in the trunk area of Barthelemy’s vehicle. Arrest warrants were later issued for Barthelemy, charging him with 1st Degree Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Evading Arrest (Class B Misdemeanor). Bond was set at a total of $80,000. Barthelemy remains at large.