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.

One Response 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.


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