Pct. 4 Constable Press Release – TAC Team Arrests

October 22, 2011

Constable Hayden and Charles Bateman (Garden Gate Apartments)

The office of Montgomery County Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden’s TAC Team had a busy Thursday and Friday, arresting nine suspects at three locations and taking a large amount of narcotics and marijuana off the streets of East Montgomery County as they shut down three drug houses.


Business closed…

Around lunchtime on Friday, members of the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office TAC Team went to a mobile home in the 25,100 block of Village Drive, off of Baptist Encampment Road in New Caney to execute a search warrant based on information drugs were sold at the residence. 

Donald Binford detained on his porch while his house is searched.

Craig Black and Tahona Lynn Barnett in custody awaiting transport

Four people were on location including homeowner Donald Binford, Craig Black, Tahona Barnett and Barnett’s toddler son. 

A search of the residence revealed nearly 800 Hydrocodone tablets, over 600 Soma tablets, and a gallon size plastic bag and some smaller bags of marijuana. Most of the contraband was in a closet where deputies also found a rifle.

Village Drive narcotics hidden in power tool case

Cigarette roller in Village Drive residence

Binford admitted selling Hydrocodone to Craig Black just before deputies arrived. Black was in the process of leaving when the TAC Team arrived, and was walking toward a Sears distributor box truck. Deputies found a clear bag containing Hydrocodone and Soma in a recessed area of one of the truck’s wheels and a clear plastic bag containing marijuana behind the tire attached to that wheel.

Deputies contacted representatives of the distribution company that owned the Sears truck and they responded to the scene to take the vehicle. They said Black was on-duty that day and made a delivery earlier in Liberty County, and then called his superiors and claimed he cut his finger but he would be able to work later that afternoon. They had no idea Black or their truck was in Montgomery County.

Tahona Barnett was inside the residence with her child when deputies arrived. She and the 19-month-old boy were about two feet away marijuana that was in plain view. Barnett admitted she was aware drugs were sold from the residence and said she had been on location many times when they were sold and used.  Deputies arrested Barnett for placing her child in that situation.

Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said Barnett’s arrest was the most disturbing part of the situation.

“Finding a small child in a house full of drugs is upsetting,” Hayden said. “As a father, I can’t imagine putting my child in that situation.”

“Fortunately, the boy is too young to remember this day and hopefully Miss Barnett will learn a lesson and won’t let it happen again,” he said.

Donald D. Binford, 43, of New Caney is charged with first-degree felony Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Hydrocodone); third-degree felony Possession of Firearm by Felon; state jail felony Possession of Marijuana; and misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance (Soma).

Craig Allen Black, 38, of Hull is charged with Possession of Marijuana and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Hydrocodone and Soma).

Tahona Lynn Barnett, 23, of New Caney is charged with state jail felony Child Endangerment.


She was warned…

Joyce Phillips arrested at her residence on Payne Rd.

On October 20 around 10 p.m., members of the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office TAC Team went to a residence at 17310 Payne Road, off of Old Houston Road to execute a search warrant based on confirmation of narcotics sales at that location. TAC Team members knocked and announced themselves, but despite hearing movement inside, no one answered the door.  Deputies made forcible entry and found Joyce Phillips and Phillip Lewis inside. Both were Mirandized and taken into custody. 

A search of the residence revealed multiple bottles of prescription narcotics in Phillips’ possession that were not prescribed to her. The medications included Hydrocodone, Soma, Xanax, Diazepam and prescription strength Ibuprofen. Deputies also found a handgun in Phillips’ closet, which is illegal because she is a convicted felon released from prison within the last five years. 

Payne Road Scene

Additional prescription medication was found in a vehicle on the property registered to Lewis. The prescription was not in his name.  Lewis claimed ownership of two other firearms and more prescription medication found in a shed on the property.

Both were arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail in Conroe.

Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said it was gratifying to see Phillips in handcuffs.  Hayden previously received information regarding Phillips’ illegal activities and recently gave her a verbal warning.

“I told Ms. Phillips I knew she was selling drugs and if she didn’t stop we’d stop her,” Hayden said. “Obviously, she didn’t listen.”

“I promised the tax payers we’d clean up East Montgomery County and I promised the drug dealers we’d shut them down,” he said. “We’re dedicated to doing both and I feel good about the progress we’re making.”

Joyce Lafaye Phillips, 64, of Conroe is charged with second-degree felony Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Hydrocodone); third-degree felony Possession of Firearm by Felon; state jail felony Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Xanax); state jail felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Hydrocodone); two counts misdemeanor Possession of a Dangerous Drug (Soma, Ibuprofen); and misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance (Valium).

Phillip Wayne Lewis, 52, of Conroe is charged with Possession of a Dangerous Drug.


Jail was a phone call away…

Constable Hayden and Charles Bateman (Garden Gate Apartments)

Constable Hayden and Chanprasert Keatphan

On Thursday afternoon, members of the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office TAC Team arrested four people at the Garden Gate Apartments on FM 1485 in New Caney after acting on a tip that drugs were sold from an apartment at the rear of the complex.

A TAC Team deputy used a phone number received from the tipster to make contact with one of the suspects, Charles “CJ” Bateman, who had a conversation with the deputy and then passed the phone to another suspect late identified as Tracy Forbus. The deputy made arrangements to purchase narcotics (Hydrocodone) from Forbus. 

Chief Deputy Barry Welch and Tracy Forbus

Constable Hayden and Danielle Miller

The deputy went to the apartments in plain clothes and met with Forbus who produced the narcotics she agreed over the phone to sell to him.  They were stashed inside her shirt. Bateman was also present, along with Chansprasert Keatphan.  Bateman admitted his role in the transaction and a pat-down revealed more pills on his person, identified as Soma and Hydrocodone. 

Keatphan was not part of the transaction, but had an outstanding felony warrant, so he too was taken into custody. The requisite search of his person revealed he was also in possession of Soma and Hydrocodone.  

Deputies arrested a fourth person in a nearby apartment while on location. Danielle Miller had an outstanding county warrant for Driving While Intoxicated. Her crime was unrelated to the drug dealing in the next building, but deputies were aware of her warrant and decided to take her in and clear an open warrant while they were in the neighborhood.  

Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden was pleased with how smoothly the operation went from beginning to end and praised the use of a particular tool.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve used a cell phone to arrange a transaction,” Hayden said. “All of this modern technology has made it easier for drug dealers to communicate with their customers, but the flipside of that is it’s made it easier for us to catch them.”

Tracy Lanette Forbus, 36, of New Caney is charged with third-degree felony Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Hydrocodone) and misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Soma).

Charles Edward Bateman, Jr., 43, of Porter is charged with state jail felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Hydrocodone); and state jail felony Manufacture /Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Soma).

Chanprasert Keatphan, 38, of Willis is charged with two counts of misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance (Hydrocodone and Soma) and an outstanding felony theft warrant.

Danielle Elaine Miller, 29, of New Caney was arrested on outstanding warrant for Driving While Intoxicated.

The Pct. 4 TAC Team is continuing to investigate leads and target drug dealers in East Montgomery County and more arrests are expected soon. 

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