McDaniel ar­rested

Drugs con­fis­cated

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - ON THE RECORD - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

Pea Ridge Po­lice ar­rested one man and con­fis­cated more than 1,200 grams of sus­pected il­le­gal steroids, as a re­sult of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion prompted by in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from a task of­fi­cer with Home­land Se­cu­rity.

Travis Mikal McDaniel, 30, was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with Pos­ses­sion of a Sched­ule III Con­trolled Sub­stance with the Pur­pose to De­liver, Pos­ses­sion of a Con­trolled Sub­stance Sched­ule I or II (Metham­phetamine), and Pos­ses­sion of Drug Para­pher­na­lia (Mis­de­meanor).

On Sept. 10 po­lice re­ceived an email from a Task Force Of­fi­cer with Home­land Se­cu­rity that con­tained in­for­ma­tion per­tain­ing to drug traf­fick­ing that was pos­si­bly oc­cur­ring in Pea Ridge. The in­for­ma­tion was that on or about the date of Aug. 29 Home­land Se­cu­rity learned that a pack­age was orig­i­nally be­ing re­ceived to 193 Wade Lane, Apart­ment 4, in Pea Ridge, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

This pack­age was in­ter­cepted and in­spected to find to con­tain ap­prox­i­mately a to­tal amount of 1,124.9 grams of var­i­ous dif­fer­ent types of il­le­gal steroids. The pack­age was la­beled to be shipped to a Terry Gon­za­les at 193 Wade Lane, Apart­ment 4, Pea Ridge, AR 72751. The pack­age was be­ing sent from China.

Po­lice went to the apart­ment the af­ter­noon of Sept. 18 and made con­tact with a res­i­dent of the apart­ment iden­ti­fied as McDaniel, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

“McDaniel was in­formed why we were mak­ing con­tact ref­er­enc­ing the in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from Home­land Se­cu­rity. McDaniel ap­peared very ner­vous and did not wish for po­lice to en­ter his home. He stated that he did re­ceive three sep­a­rate pack­ages to his res­i­dence that were to be re­ceived by a Terry Gon­za­les. He stated that one of the three pack­ages were cur­rently in his pos­ses­sion. He re­turned to the res­i­dence and in­vited po­lice inside of his res­i­dence with him. He es­corted us to a kitchen ta­ble and handed a box over to us. The box was tan in color, was un­opened and had ship­ping la­bels on it in­di­cat­ing it was to be re­ceived by Terry Gon­za­les and at the cur­rent res­i­dence we were cur­rently. Upon fur­ther in­spec­tion of the pack­age, ori­en­tal print­ing was lo­cated on the out­side of the box as well as ship­ping la­bels in­di­cat­ing that it came from Rose­mead, Calif., and pos­si­bly through LAX air­port, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

McDaniel ad­mit­ted he was as­sist­ing with traf­fick­ing items for his cousin, Kyle Roop, who lives in Louisiana, and he was as­sist­ing his cousin with mov­ing steroids through the mail from other coun­tries.

Af­ter ob­tain­ing a search war­rant, po­lice dis­cov­ered the fol­low­ing items in the apart­ment:

• Box that con­tained four pack­ages that were com­mer­cially la­beled to be food prod­ucts with Ori­en­tal writ­ing on them. Upon fur­ther in­spec­tion of these pack­ages it would re­veal that inside two of the four pack­ages there con­tained no items of food, but rather pack­ages that were sealed with a white pow­dery sub­stance (sus­pected to be steroids) (Two items of bags that con­tained sus­pected steroids were later weighed out to be 1,225 grams — first pack­age weighed 1,015 grams and se­cond pack­age weighed 210 grams.);

• A clear plas­tic bag­gie con­tain­ing (later pos­i­tive field tested) metham­phetamine (ap­prox­i­mately 0.4 grams); and

• Two smok­ing de­vices with burnt mar­i­juana residue.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port, McDaniel was placed un­der ar­rest and trans­ported to the BCSO Jail.

All items seized were sub­se­quently sent to the ev­i­dence di­vi­sion at the Pea Ridge Po­lice Depart­ment and he some of those items were sub­se­quently sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for drug anal­y­sis. A cell­phone be­long­ing to McDaniel was seized and a search war­rant has to be ob­tained for the con­tents of the phone.

Pho­to­graphs sub­mit­ted

Drugs were found hid­den in food pack­ag­ing. They were con­fis­cated.


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