At about 6:30 a.m. last Wednesday, deputies Chad Lanier, K-9 officer David Thompson and his K-9 partner Chiva, Deputy David Cruce, Deputy Cedric Story and Sgt. Randall Norred went to 665 Hilton Springs Road in Gladewater to serve a felony arrest warrant on Richard David Peek, 40.
Deputies were met at the residence by a woman later identified as Peek’s wife, who told them Peek was not at the residence, Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Roberts said.
Deputies asked for permission to search the residence for Peek and the woman told the deputies she needed to put her dog up first, Roberts said.
Deputies allowed her to do this, and overhead her talking to a man inside the residence.
Deputies then heard man telling deputies he was coming out.
They took him in custody and identified him as Peek, Roberts said.
They then received written consent from the woman to search the premises.
They found inside the home items used for the manufacture of methamphetamines (meth lab), Roberts said.
Deputies then contacted Eagle Construction, a hazmat clean-up crew, to come to the location and collect and property destroy the items.
Deputies also found three firearms in the house which were in the possession of Peek, who is a convicted felon.
Peek was then transported to the Upshur County Jail, where he was charged with two warrants—one from Wood County and one from Gregg County and two on-site charges—possession of a firearm by a felon and manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.
Peek’s bonds totalled $61,000.
On Thursday, June 25, Deputies Curce, Lanier, Thompson and Chiva received information that Jason Ray Geers, 35, had a meth lab at his residence at 1093 Geers Road near Gilmer.
“They responded to the scene and told Geers why they were there,” Roberts said.
They asked for and were granted consent to search the residence.
They found inside items used for the manufacture of methamphetamine, Roberts said.
They also found a firearm.
Eagle Construction was again contacted to clean up and destroy the chemicals.
He was transported to the county jail and booked in on two on-site charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and manufacture and delivery of controlled substance.
Geer’s bonds totalled $75,000.
“These guys worked hard last week,” Roberts said.