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KPD: Rocks found in man’s pockets tested as cocaine

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 4:30 am

A man faces charges after white and yellow rocks Killeen police found in his pocket tested positive for cocaine, officials said.

Officers observed Steven Jerome Butler, 42, riding his bicycle northbound in the southbound side of the roadway without a light about 9:45 p.m. Monday in the 800 block of York Avenue in Killeen.

During that time, an officer activated his emergency lights and stopped to talk to Butler, an arrest affidavit stated. As the men spoke, Butler ran away. Another officer told Butler to stop, but he continued to run and allegedly began to put his hands in his pockets.

The two officers caught Butler. After detaining him, they observed a bag containing three white and yellow rocks in his pants pocket and a white powder in a dollar bill in another pocket, the arrest affidavit stated. The rocks tested positive for cocaine.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Butler on Tuesday and set his bail at $25,000.

In a separate incident, Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Julius Emanuel King, 28, on a charge of arson. An arrest affidavit stated the fire occurred about 9:45 p.m. May 2 at the High Five Inn in the 600 block of South W.S. Young Drive. King’s bail was set at $100,000.

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