Central Texas man accused of mailing meth appears in court

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Killeen man appeared in Waco's federal magistrate's court Tuesday to answer charges he distributed methamphetamine through the U.S. Mail.

Anthony Beshaud O'Neal is charged with distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), after Killeen police and federal drug agents found marijuana at his home and later discovered he'd mailed some pills containing methamphetamine to an address in Colorado Springs, Colo.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske presided over the afternoon hearing, during which he read the federal indictment and ordered O'Neal into custody to await his arraignment hearing, which Manske set for Sept. 17.

O'Neal became a suspect after Killeen police were sent to his Woodlands Avenue home at 3 p.m. Aug. 2 on a burglary call, an affidavit presented in the case says.

A neighbor called police to report seeing two men climbing out of an open window at the back of the home and the caller reported the "suspects were observed carrying two rifles as they ran away from the rear of the residence," the affidavit says.

When Killeen patrol officers arrived and began to secure the scene, one of them noticed there was marijuana on the ground outside an open back window that appeared to have been dropped there as someone was climbing out the window.

"The patrol officers advised they entered the residence to clear it and found in plain view what they knew was additional marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the residence," the affidavit says.

While police still were at the scene, one of them received a telephone call from O'Neal who said "he heard that his house had been burglarized and he preferred if patrol officers did not go into his house without him there," according to the affidavit.

The officers were granted a search warrant for the residence and upon execution discovered "763 grams of marijuana (1.63 Lbs.), 19.9 grams of Ecstasy, 32 unknown pills possibly (Heroin), 38 Pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes, 13 THC liquid pens, a baby bottle with purple liquid (Promethazine), $6,538.00 U.S. Currency, and documentation containing Anthony Beshaud O'Neal's name."

While officers were searching the residence, they encountered Kristensuzanne Phillips at the scene who asked to speak with police, the affidavit says.

Police learned she is the mother of one of O'Neal's children and was outside and she wanted to speak with someone about the police presence at the house, the affidavit says.

She told investigators O'Neal lived alone at the house and has lived for about one year and he does not work.

"Before clearing the scene (investigators) found what appeared to be a United States Postal receipt, dated for the day prior," for a package mailed from Killeen to Colorado Springs, Colorado, the affidavit says.

Agents contacted U.S. Postal Inspectors, who retrieved the package in Colorado, exposed the package to a drug dog and the dog presented positive for narcotics.

Once opened under search warrant, inspectors discovered the package contained 30-grams of multicolored pills which tested positive for the presumptive presence of methamphetamine.