Central Texas man pleads not guilty to drug distribution charges

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Waco man was ordered to remain in detention without bond after he pleaded not guilty in federal court to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute the drug.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske entered a not guilty plea for Darien Thompson Monday, ordered Thompson to remain in custody without bond and appointed Georgetown attorney Russel D. Hunt, Jr., to represent him.

Thompson was indicted by federal grand jury on Oct. 9 for "Unlawfully, knowingly, and intentionally possess(ing), with intent to distribute, a controlled substance, which involved at least 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine," the indictment says, and was arrested Oct. 26, magistrate court records show.

An affidavit contained in the court's file shows a Waco police Drug Enforcement Unit officer, on Sept. 27, obtained information that several pounds of marijuana intended for sale was being stored in a house in Waco.

The officer was able to develop probable cause for a search warrant and one issued from 54th District Court Judge Matt Johnson naming Thompson and authorizing a search of his residence.

Waco police DEU officers set up surveillance on the house and saw Thompson standing on the front porch, but as SWAT and DEU officers pulled up in front of the house, he ran.

During the search of the house officers recovered "approximately 10.47 ounces of multi-colored pills consistent with Ecstasy," and they later tested positive for both methamphetamine and MDMA (Ecstasy), the affidavit reads.

The amount of drugs recovered indicates they were intended for sale and not for personal use, the affidavit says.

Investigators also found a pill press used in to manufacture Ecstasy pills.

Investigators also located marijuana, MDMA, crack cocaine, promethazine, and a pistol, the affidavit says.

Manske did not set any subsequent hearing on Monday.