The illegal drug trade is alive and well in Central Texas. While this is an unfortunate situation, it’s a fact of life and one we live with every day.
Methamphetamine has long been the drug of choice in our area, largely because of the ease with which it is manufactured and the availability of ingredients.
I have harped on the evils of methamphetamines in previous columns, but enough cannot be said about the dire consequences associated with the use of and addiction to this horrific poison.
Methamphetamines are prevalent, but not the only choice for weak-willed, bleating sheep who follow the leadership of the purveyors of illegal drugs.
These low-life slugs are only in it for the money. In that quest, dealers will go to great lengths to get clients addicted to their dangerous wares in hopes of continued sales.
Residents of Harker Heights are affected by the scum who manufacture and sell dope wherever the demand exists.
Also, dealers residing and selling dope in Harker Heights have no qualms about dealing in Killeen.
The good news is that local law enforcement, as well as state and federal agencies continually work on this problem. To this end, Killeen police arrested a man on Feb 27, who they said was trafficking methamphetamine.
Titus Lydell Godbolt, 40, was arraigned Feb. 28 in a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver in an amount of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams.
According to an arrest affidavit, Killeen police were assisting the Copperas Cove Police Department in locating Godbolt, who was alleged to have evaded arrest in a motor vehicle on Feb. 26.
The affidavit said Killeen police located Godbolt near 16th Street and Hall Avenue in Killeen subsequent to matching the description of the fleeing vehicle to the one Godbolt was driving.
The affidavit stated that “during the pat down (search), officers felt an object in the suspect’s pants pocket and the subject gave officers consent for officers to search him and retrieve the object. The object was retrieved and found to be a suspected bag of methamphetamine.
According to the affidavit, a total of two bags of suspected methamphetamine was found, which weighed 17.9 grams.
Police said they field-tested the suspected drugs, which tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
Godbolt was booked into the Bell County Jail on a $50,000 bond set by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. An online search of jail records showed Godbolt was no longer at the Bell County Jail on Feb. 29.
Cocaine and synthetic marijuana seizure
Cocaine and synthetic marijuana valued at about $390,000 on the street market was seized Feb. 29 in the Temple and Pflugerville areas, according to a March 2 Bell County Sheriff’s Department news release.
According to the news release, about 8.5 pounds of powder cocaine, 8 pounds of K2 Spice, $5,500 in cash and one vehicle were seized. The drugs were seized at multiple residences and locations.
Five people were arrested in connection with the seizures. They are charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
Arrested were Amanda Stolp, 29, and Quinnton Blackmon, 33, both of Temple; Raymond Blackmon, 34, of Pflugerville; Texaveria Ervine, 26, of Waco, and Robert Chalk, 32, of Waco.
According to Lt. T.J. Cruz, Bell County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, one residence in north Temple was part of the investigation and both Temple residents were arrested at that location.
As of March 2, all of the arrested individuals were in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
What has this to do with Harker Heights?
Again, street signs do not stop the incursion of illegal activity in the city. Apparently, there is a sizable market for cocaine, K2 Spice and marijuana in Harker Heights and the surrounding communities.
John Vander WERFF is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, with a decade in city and county law enforcement and 20 years with state police.