TEXAS CITY — Law enforcement officers arrested three people, including a suspected drug dealer who tried to escape arrest by leaping out a second-story window, at a Texas City residence late Monday, Galveston County Sheriff’s deputies said.

Reginald Van Horton, 30, and Tommy Merchant, 49, were apprehended outside an apartment complex at 3501 25th Ave. N. shortly after the men jumped out a second-story bedroom window while deputies executed a search warrant, Capt. Barry Cook said in a news release.

The men received minor cuts and were treated at Mainland Medical Center before being booked into the Galveston County Jail, deputies said.

Horton was charged with two counts of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and was held on bonds totaling more than $500,000. Merchant was charged with possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $60,000.

Robin Wiley, 26, was also arrested and charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $20,000.

Authorities suspected Horton was selling crack cocaine from his Texas City apartment, and he was placed under investigation for more than a month, cook said.

Detectives seized 22.4 grams of heroin, 7.6 grams of crack cocaine, digital scales, packaging material and $829 in cash from the apartment, deputies said.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit was assisted in the arrests by the Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division, Criminal Investigation Division, Patrol Division and the Texas City Police Crime Suppression Unit, according to the news release.







Contact reporter Alex Macon at 409-683-5241 or alex.macon@galvnews.com.

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Gary Miller

If convicted Obama says he'll turn them loose. Along with the thousands of other convicted drug users or sellers he's already identified for release.


Good job officers! We appreciate yall and the job yall are doing! I wish I had the power to give every last one of yall INVOLVED a day off and a RAISE!
PS "keep up the good work!"
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