Officers Serve Search Warrant in Dayton

DAYTON, November 1, 2016 – On Monday October 31, 2016 the Liberty County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office concluded a narcotics investigation with the execution of a search warrant at a residence located at 146 Private Road 456 in Dayton, Texas.  The search warrant was issued by Liberty County 253rd Judicial District Judge Chap Cain. 

Liberty County Precinct 4 was assisted by Liberty County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office in the execution of the search warrant.

One suspect was placed into custody in connection with this investigation and is identified as 24 year old Leonard Ray Jones Jr., aka BJ Jones.

Jones was charged with Possession of Marihuana, Five pounds or less but more than Four Ounces, a State Jail Felony.  Jones is incarcerated at the Liberty County Jail.



This investigation began after the Liberty County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office received numerous complaints and tips from the public that Jones was allegedly selling Marihuana and liquid Codeine in the Dayton area.  Tipsters also alleged that Jones was selling to local youth.     

A Precinct 4 investigator began gathering intelligence on Jones and after a lengthy surveillance the investigator was able to infiltrate Jones’s activities. 

Evidence gathered as the result of this investigation provided enough probable cause to secure a search warrant for Jones’ residence. 

Upon the execution of the search warrant it was determined that Jones was concealing narcotics in the trunk of his automobile.  It was also determined that Jones’ parents, who also reside at the residence, were not involved in Jones’ activities and were very cooperative during the course of the search.     

At the conclusion of this investigation approximately 27 ounces of suspected Marihuana was seized in total, along with a partial bottle of liquid Codeine, digital scales, packaging material utilized to further the sale of Marihuana, drug paraphernalia.  Approximately $1400 in US Currency and a 2007 Pontiac passenger car were also seized as proceeds from drug sales  

Constable Thornton added; “Our department is committed to help rid our community from illegal drug sales, especially when it involves narcotics that are being distributed to our youth.  This is a good example of citizens working with local law enforcement to help curb drug activity in Liberty County.”  

If you have information that you would like to pass on, please e-mail Constable 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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