Disturbance call leads to drug investigation, arrests

William Owens. Photo Source: Titus County
William Owens. Photo Source: Titus County
Jana Owens. Photo Source: Titus County
Jana Owens. Photo Source: Titus County
Photo Source: Titus County
Photo Source: Titus County

TITUS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Released by the Titus County Sheriff's Office:

TITUS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Titus County Sheriff's Office began an investigation in regards to narcotics on William and Jana Owens after deputies responded to their residence at 300 block of CR 3210 Mount Pleasant, TX in regards to a possible disturbance. While deputies were on scene, Deputy David Robinson made contact with a juvenile child at the location who began telling Deputy Robinson about a syringe in a DR. Pepper can. Deputy Robinson, the Titus County K-9 handler, believed the syringe was possibly narcotic related being that Deputy Robinson had previous contacts with William Owens in the past where he was found in possession of methamphetamines and syringes. Deputy Robinson relayed this information to other deputies at the Sheriff's Office.

On Monday, May 10, 2010, Sergeant Brad Duncan initiated a traffic stop on CR 3210 and identified the occupants as William and Jana Owens. During the traffic stop, William Owens was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Sergeant Brad Duncan developed probable cause to search the vehicle and after a search, located drug paraphernalia confirming the suspicion of narcotic use. Through this traffic stop, Sergeant Brad Duncan gathered probable cause that led to a search warrant for William and Jana Owens residence located at 366 CR 3210 Mount Pleasant, TX. Deputy David Robinson presented a Search Warrant to Justice of the Peace 1, Kay McNutt, who after review, signed the Search Warrant authorizing the search of the residence. Titus County deputies executed the Search Warrant and located less than one gram of suspected methamphetamines, a suspected forged $100 bill, and multiple prescription medications. As a result of this Search Warrant, cases were filed with the District Attorney and County Attorney for Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 less than one gram (a State Jail Felony), Forgery (a Third Degree Felony), and Possession of Dangerous Drugs (a Class A Misdemeanor). William Owens was booked into the Titus County Jail and released on Bond on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

On Thursday, May 13, 2010, Titus County Deputies Chief John Livingston, K-9 Deputy David Robinson, Sergeant Aaron Baxter and Sergeant Brad Duncan continued the investigation on William and Jana Owens. On this date, deputies were able to contact William Owens and arrange a controlled delivery of methamphetamines at a undisclosed location in Titus County. William and Jana Owens arrived at the undisclosed location and sold approximately 1.5 grams of methamphetamines for $140.00 U.S. Dollars. Titus County Deputies were present during this transaction and once the transaction was complete, deputies moved in and arrested William and Jana Owens for Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 over 1 gram but less than 4 grams (a Second Degree Felony). Through this investigation, probable cause was once again developed and Sergeant Brad Duncan presented a second Search Warrant to Justice of the Peace 1, Kay McNutt, who after review, signed the Search Warrant authorizing the search of William and Jana Owens residence located at 366 CR 3210 Mount Pleasant, TX.

On May 13, 2010 Titus County Deputies executed the second Search Warrant and located approximately 1.3 grams of suspected methamphetamines, a digital scale for weighing, and a glass pipe believed to be used for the inhalation of methamphetamines.

On May 13, 2010, William and Jana Owens were arrested and placed into the Titus County Jail for Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 over 1 gram but less than 4 grams (a Second Degree Felony) and Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 over 1 gram but less than 4 grams (a Third Degree Felony).