WACO (August 28, 2013)—Normangee Police Chief Joseph Ray “Jody” Navarro, 40, was in federal custody Wednesday after an initial appearance before a U.S. magistrate in Waco, accused of using a law enforcement computer system to run a background check on a name supplied to him by a suspected methamphetamine trafficker, U.S. Attorney Robert Pittman said.
Navarro was arrested on a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday that charges one count of intentionally exceeding authorized access to a protected computer.
The complaint says Navarro ran the background check in May on a name supplied by Brenda Antanette Evans, 45, of Normangee.
She and Joshua Troy Thomas of Normangee are named in complaints unsealed Wednesday charging one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The complaints say Evans purchased about an ounce of methamphetamine from Thomas on April 26 for about $1,200 on behalf of an undercover agent.
Navarro and Thomas were arrested Tuesday.
Evans remained at large Wednesday morning, but surrendered Wednesday afternoon at the McLennan County Jail.
She's scheduled for an appearance before a U.S. magistrate Thursday in Waco.
The arrests stemmed from a joint investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.
The charge against Navarro carries a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
The charge against Evans and Thomas carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.