Released by R.Scott McKee with Henderson County:
HENDERSON COUNTY, TX - A pair of methamphetamine cooks were sentenced Monday to 15 years prison each by 3rd District Court Judge Mark Calhoon.
Jefferey Arlen Quinn of Log Cabin and Brandi Michelle Davis of Athens were each sentenced to 15 years for their part in a meth lab operation discovered by investigators from the Drug Enforcement Unit.
On February 12th, 2009, Investigator Jody Miller, currently of the District Attorney's Office, found materials involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine while on an unrelated investigation at an abandoned residence in the Becks Chapel area. Investigators Kenneth Collard, and Ronny Halbert along with Miller set up surveillance on the abandoned residence.
At about 5 p.m., investigators saw someone drive up to the residence and load items into the vehicle. When the vehicle pulled away, the officers conducted a traffic stop. A search of the vehicle revealed chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and a quantity of the drug along with the occupants Corey Lee Davis, 39, Brandi Michelle Davis, 39, Jeffery Arlen Quinn, 25, and Laurenda Callaway, 29. All four were booked into the Henderson County Jail on a manufacturing of a controlled substance charge.
A lab report indicated that the suspects were in possession of over 545 grams of methamphetamine. Investigators also seized the vehicle belonging to Davis, which has since been awarded to the State due to it's use in the crime.
"This type of investigation is the bread and butter of the Drug Task Force" said District Attorney Scott McKee. "These investigators are highly trained in recognizing clandestine meth labs". "I also hope this sends a message to others involved in the manufacturing of narcotics, that if caught, not only can they face a long prison sentence, but law enforcement can seize their vehicles, property and even their homes if used in the commission of the crime."
According to McKee, the drug enforcement unit is still out beating the bushes. "They are still in this office on an almost daily basis turning in cases for prosecution". Said McKee. "Narcotics is still a top priority with both the Sheriff and I. Furthermore, District Attorney Investigator Jody Miller is still assigned to the unit and is ready to step up his efforts when Gun Barrel City pulls there investigator back."
Corey Lee Davis and Laurenda Callaway still have cases pending.
"This is a perfect example of how Federal, State and Local agencies can work together to investigate and interdict in narcotics transactions", McKee stated. "All of the agencies involved worked together quickly and efficiently to investigate and make an arrest on this defendant."