Search Warrant Nets Narcotics and Animal Cruelty Arrests

LIBERTY, July 18, 2014 - On Wednesday, July 9th, at around 11:00 p.m., the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) executed a search warrant in the 600 block of Confederate Street in Liberty. The warrant, issued by 253rd District Judge Chap Cain, was obtained through the investigative efforts of the Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) Team. Those efforts included interviews with criminal suspects, anonymous tips and surveillance activities.

As the CIU Team approached the house on Confederate to execute the search warrant, a male standing out front attempted to destroy a bottle by smashing it on the porch. The deputies believed that there was evidence of Phencyclidine, or PCP, in the bottle. PCP is considered a dangerous drug with strong hallucinogenic properties. Subjects under the influence of PCP can be very hazardous for citizens, and especially law enforcement to deal with due to the strong mind-altering properties of the drug. The CIU was able to take a small portion of the porch into evidence for later analysis, with the aid of the Liberty Fire Department who was called in to assist.

Also at the residence, it was determined that an elderly woman was residing there with the suspect. The investigation into the home did not implicate her in the criminal activities.

There were also several Pit Bull dogs at the residence. One dog had several lacerations to the neck from where a collar had actually grown into its skin. Two of the dogs were removed from the residence and taken to the City of Liberty Animal Shelter. A short time later, the dogs were transferred to the City of Dayton’s Animal due to capacity restrictions at Liberty’s shelter. Both animals were subsequently picked up by Houston SPCA.

One suspect was arrested at the scene, and then transported to the Liberty County Jail without incident.

Ashley C. Baldwin, 33, of Liberty, was booked-in for three offenses: Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, More Than 4 Grams, Less Than 200 Grams (a 1st Degree Felony); Tamper With Physical Evidence With Intent To Impair (a 3rd Degree Felony); and Cruelty To Non-Livestock Animals, Torture (a State Jail Felony).

Bond was set by Pct. 1 Justice of The Peace Stephen Hebert at $130,000. As of July 17th, Baldwin is still incarcerated in the Liberty County Jail. The investigation by the LCSO Criminal Interdiction Unit into the activities at the Baldwin residence is ongoing.

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