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Henderson County deputies arrest Garland man for meth possession

ATHENS, Texas (KETK) - Henderson County deputies arrested a Garland man after a traffic stop revealed the presence of "a substantial amount" of meth in his car.

Christopher Williford of Garland was traveling with three others on Hwy 198 between Caney City and Payne Springs Wednesday evening when Narcotics Investigator Brad Beddingfield conducted a traffic stop for a minor violation.

During the stop, deputies discovered what Sheriff Botie Hillhouse called "a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine" in the vehicle, as well as other items commonly used in the distribution and sale of the drug.

Garland was charged with a first degree felony for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group I > 4 grams < 200 grams. The crime carries a penalty of up to 99 years in the Texas Department of Corrections and a $10,000 fine.

Garland was also charged with driving with an invalid license with a previous conviction. He remains in custody with bonds totaling $14,500.00.

A passenger in the automobile, George Cotton of Eustace, was also arrested. He had an outstanding warrant issued by the Office of the Attorney General of Texas for failure to appear in court in a child-support enforcement case.

Sgt. Thomas Goodell and Deputies Dustin Smith and Glen Loper assisted Investigator Beddingfield with the case.

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