Cow call leads deputy to meth, marijuana find near Pickton
Officer smells marijuana while trying to find owner of livestock; one arrested

Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

March 25, 2004 -- Deputy Sheriff Dustin Estes got a lot more than he expected while on routine patrol on FM 269 just east of Pickton Thursday morning.

After spotting a cow on the roadway, Estes went to a nearby residence in search of the owner of the cow.

A woman answered the deputy's knock and, when she opened the door, Estes got a strong whiff of marijuana.

"She shut the door behind her immediately," Estes said.

After discussing the odor with the woman, she led Estes into the house, gave him consent to search and handed over to the deputy a pipe used to smoke marijuana.

After a quick look through the house, Estes was joined by Cpl. Richard Greer and a second search turned up more than a pound of marijuana; "ice," a pure form of methamphetamine; a quantity of pills thought to be Zanax; and numerous other medications and drug paraphernalia.

"Two [sets of] scales were found they were using to measure the drugs," Cpl Greer said. "We do believe it is going to be more than just for personal use. When you find as many plastic baggies as we found, generally you are looking at somebody that is actually dealing instead of just using."

The 53-year-old woman was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana just before 10 a.m. Thursday and was awaiting arraignment at midday.

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