Search warrant leads to drug arrest

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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Three local law enforcement agencies worked together last week to serve a search warrant that led to a drug arrest in Bridgeport.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said his department had been working with the Bridgeport Police Department on a possible drug case in the city. At around 5:45 a.m. last Thursday, members of the sheriff’s office SWAT team and the Big Sandy Special Response Team, which is made up of Bridgeport and Decatur police officers, served a search warrant at a home in the 1100 block of 14th Street in Bridgeport.

Steven Rountree

Akin said the home’s occupant, Steven Rountree, 57, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested for a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 less than a gram in a drug-free zone, since the home is near a school.

In addition to the methamphetamine, a search of the home also revealed plastic baggies and scales, Akin said.

The use of the tactical teams was to ensure safety, the sheriff said.

“It takes a lot of manpower to enter a home dynamically,” Akin said. “We wanted to do it as safely as possible.”

He said no one was injured during the serving of the search warrant.

Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said the investigation started after his office began receiving reports of a lot of traffic in the area of the home.

According to Wise County Jail records, Rountree remained in jail Monday with bond set at $15,000.

3 Responses to “Search warrant leads to drug arrest”

  1. Maritha Gan says:

    So, seems there is a new word for violating the Castle Doctrine and the 4th Amendment by using a new word: “Dynamic” arrest in Wise County. This really means “No-Knock Raid.” Granted it is good to get meth off the streets and send this unfortunate guy to poor man’s detox. But these tactics under the guise of “safety” is a clear violation of the Constitution, one being, No Victim, No Crime. I actually feel LESS SAFE with law enforcement ignoring Primary Laws.

  2. Rusty White says:

    Maritha Gan, Well said!!!

    Sadly under the guise of for our safety, while using this known failure called the war on drugs as an excuse for excessive force, the madness continues. I have several questions about this event, maybe somebody or anybody will have the guts to answer them.

    1. How many people is the legal amount to visit a home, and the legal visiting hours, in a supposed free country? Where can a citizen find this law and recorded document justifying it’s use to obtain a warrant and it’s use as probable cause?

    2. How was this justified to get a warrant, what was the probable cause, who was this citizen harming and a threat to, where are the victims?

    3. Where is the documented history of this citizens being such a threat to our community and officers, to justify using SWAT on a no knock warrant?

    4. What was the total cost in tax payer dollars, to take down this citizen, manhours, vehicles, wages and over time , equipment, lost productivity of the officers and equipment involved?

    5. What is it going to cost we the tax payers going forward for , jail, court, lawyer, medical, possible prison time for years?

    6. What was dollar amount of the drugs found verse the total amount of our tax dollars this will cost?

    No longer can we continue to waste our tax dollars and resources on a know failure called the war on drugs! A failed policy that needlessly destroys the lives of citizens and families, while doing more harm than good. We the supposed freest Nation on earth, have more people behind bars per capita than ANY OTHER country on this planet! We the tax payers need to start an honest discussion , does the means justifies the end results???

    There has to be a better way, help us find it.

    Rusty White speaker for,

  3. Rusty White says:

    Now everybody knows why I am a speaker and not a writer for LEAP.

    The correct links are for Media Inquiries, for connecting to our home site, to request a speaker.


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