Dayton Woman Arrested for Meth Possession

DAYTON, September 14, 2017 - After receiving tips from a neighborhood crime watch group and citizens residing within the apartment complex, the Liberty County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office and the Dayton Police Department began conducting a joint investigation regarding the sale of Methamphetamine from an apartment located at the Cedar Ridge Apartments located within the city limits of Dayton, Texas.

During the course of a lengthy investigation, investigators developed enough probable cause for an affidavit in support of a search warrant which was presented to Liberty County 253rd Judicial District Court Judge Chap Cain.

 Judge Cain granted issuance of a search warrant for apartment number 39 located at 1907 North Winfree in Dayton, Texas. 

On the evening of Tuesday September 12, 2017 the Liberty County Precinct 4 Constable's Office executed the search warrant with the assistance of officers the Dayton Police Department and Liberty County Sheriff's Office.

During the course of the search investigators seized suspected Methamphetamine & paraphernalia suspected for the purpose of using Methamphetamine.

The suspect in this investigation is a 54 year old white female identified as Rita Hutchins Bennett.  Bennett was placed into custody and transported to the Liberty County Jail where she remains charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1, within a Drug Free Zone, a Third Degree Felony.   


If you have information that you would like to pass on, please e-mail Constable Robert Thornton at or telephone at 936-258-4711.  All tips are kept in the strictest of confidence. 

Additionally, Constable Thornton urges all citizens to report any information as soon as possible to law enforcement and reminds them to be patient as some investigations can be lengthy. 

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