U.S. Marshals, Fugitive Task Force Members Make Drug Arrests

By: By Paul J. Gately
By: By Paul J. Gately

BELLMEAD (February 14, 2011)--Four people were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine after federal and state officers raided a house in Bellmead and then carried out a second seizure the next day in Hill County.

U.S. Marshals and members of the Texas Fugitive Task Force arrested David Chapman, 53, Azle Fitch, 48, and Denise Weatherford, 30, on Thursday in Bellmead, authorities said in a press release Monday.

Chapman, who was wanted for a state parole violation, was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Fitch and Weatherford were also charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Task force members arrested the three at a residence in the 500 Block of Penton Lane in Bellmead after executing a search warrant and seizing a significant quantity of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of as much as $10,000, authorities said.

Officers also seized a firearm and narcotics-related paraphernalia.

As a result of that investigation, a fourth arrest was made Friday in Hill County where task force members seized methamphetamine with a street value of more than $20,000, authorities said.

Vincent Julian Tovar was arrested after undercover officers bought about a pound of methamphetamine at a Hill County truck stop.

The arrests and seizures were a result of cooperative efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's, Office of Inspector General.

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