Drug dog alerts deputies, East Texan arrested

Christopher Dwayne Boyd faces drug charges.
Christopher Dwayne Boyd faces drug charges.

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Sheriff Tim Ingram with the Titus County Sheriff's Office:

MT. PLEASANT, TX - Christopher Dwayne Boyd, 35, of Mt. Pleasant has been arrested for a first degree felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group1 - 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams, by the Titus County sheriff's office.

Boyd was arrested Saturday morning July 25, 2009, after deputies pulled Boyd's vehicle over in the 1500 block of North Jefferson in Mount Pleasant. Titus County deputies, who had Boyd's vehicle under surveillance for several hours, arrested Boyd on an outstanding traffic warrant, and for possession of methamphetamine after finding methamphetamine and the components for a methamphetamine laboratory in the back of his pickup.

Captain John Livingston of the Titus County sheriff's office Criminal Investigation Division said that Boyd had been under surveillance off and on for the last several months, and during the early morning hours of Saturday, July 25th, observed him at a motel on 16th Street in Mount Pleasant.

Captain Livingston advised that he confirmed an outstanding warrant for Boyd's arrest, and when he left the motel, had uniformed deputies in marked sheriff's office patrol cars pulled Boyd's vehicle over in the 1500 block of North Jefferson in Mt. Pleasant.

Captain Livingston was assisted in the stop by Sgt. Clint Bain and K-9 Deputy, David Robinson.

"Deputy Robinson utilized his drug dog, "Browning" to conduct an open air search around Boyd's vehicle, and alerted on the drivers door of the truck which established probable cause for the deputies to search the truck. During the search of Boyd's truck, we located approximately one-half ounce of finished methamphetamine and a fully operational methamphetamine laboratory in the bed of the truck," said Livingston.

Deputies were on the scene of the arrest and stop for several hours awaiting the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's, Hazardous Materials Team to arrive and repackage the toxic chemicals to make certain it was safe to move the vehicle and materials involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group1, 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams, is a first degree felony, and upon conviction, carries a punishment of between five to 99 years imprisonment or life, and or a fine not to exceed $10,000.00.

This is the second incident in which Titus County authorities have recently arrested Boyd for drug related offenses. Boyd was arrested in Morris County, after an April 29th, 2009 search warrant raid in the Blodgett community of Titus County, in a joint operation between the Titus County sheriff's office and the Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division, and Special Weapons and Tactics team.

Boyd is currently under indictment for similar drug related offense in Morris County. Because of the previous indictment, Boyd remains in the Titus County jail, having his bond denied by Titus County justice of the peace, Paula Dyke.