Pair ar­rested in Burnet County meth bust

Of­fi­cials say they re­cov­ered about 3 gal­lons of the drug

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Isadora Vail

Burnet County of­fi­cials said Mon­day they have ar­rested two peo­ple in what they say is the biggest metham­phetamine bust there in re­cent years.

Capt. Dwight Hardin with the Burnet County sher­iff’s of­fice said more than 3 gal­lons of liq­uid metham­phetamine were re­cov­ered Fri­day in Gran­ite Shoals. When pro­cessed into pow­der, it would make at least five pounds of the fin­ished prod­uct for street sales, he said.

Of­fi­cials es­ti­mated the metham­phetamine’s street value to be at least $227,000. It is the largest metham­phetamine bust in Burnet County in the past 15 years, Hardin said.

Keith Wayne Hen­son, 53, and Jeanette Louise Turner, 37, were ar­rested and charged with four drug-re­lated felonies, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice. Of­fi­cials said Turner was the res­i­dent of the raided home at 2902 John­son Drive. Turner has sev­eral pre­vi­ous pos­ses­sion and theft con­vic­tions, ac­cord­ing to pub­lic records.

Hardin said Hen­son was on pa­role from a 2000 ar­rest in which he was charged with man­u­fac­tur­ing a con­trolled sub­stance.

Hardin would not go into more de­tails on the case, cit­ing the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion. He would not say how long they had in­ves­ti­gated the home, nor whether other peo­ple were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

The home un­der­went sur­veil­lance af­ter sev­eral con­fi­den­tial sources gave tips to po­lice, Hardin said. He said Hen­son and Turner could face fed­eral charges.

Cer­ti­fied lab in­ves­ti­ga­tors had to wear pro­tec­tive gear while they han­dled the dan­ger­ous sub­stances, Hardin said, and a haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als team de­stroyed the rest of the chem­i­cals in the home.

Hen­son and Turner have each been charged with pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, un­law­ful man­u­fac­tur­ing of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­sess­ing or trans­port­ing cer­tain chem­i­cals with the in­tent to man­u­fac­ture a con­trolled sub­stance, and un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a felon. They have been booked into the Burnet County Jail with bail set at $425,000 each.

Burnet, Gran­ite Shoals and Mar­ble Falls po­lice, the Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety and the Heart of Texas Auto Theft Task Force as­sisted in the case.

Keith Wayne Hen­son was ar­rested on felony drug charges.

Jeanette Louise Turner lived at site of drug bust, of­fi­cials say.

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