Local, state and federal law officers arrested two people Wednesday in Bacliff after executing warrants and seizing more than 430 grams of methamphetamine, according to the Galveston County Sheriff's Office.

Herbert Bacaj Goeler, 22, of Texas City, was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance of more than 400 grams in a school drug-free zone and felon in possession of a firearm, officials said. His bond is set at $500,000, officials said.

Payton Leanne Dominy, 18, of Bacliff, was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance of more than 400 grams in a school drug-free zone, officials said. Her bond is set at $20,000, officials said.

The sheriff’s office Special Crimes Unit, aided by the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety, among others, executed search and arrest warrants at a residence in the 4200 block Sevan Street, officials said. Officers seized three handguns, more than $2,700 and 433 grams, almost a pound, of methamphetamine, officials said.

The residence was within 1,000 feet of a school, thus upgrading the charges, officials said.

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(13) comments

Paul Hyatt

Good bust and glad the got that much meth off of the street....

Ron Woody

OK, I am no social justice warrior and I do not know the criminal history of either of the individuals that were arrested.
Does it strike anyone as strange that the difference in bond was $480k?
Would GDN please ask that question or give some explanation as to why such a disparity. I find it hard to believe that possession of the gun makes that significant a difference. Was the gun on his body or was it in view where either of the arrested could have grabbed it.
Like I said, no social justice warrior here, but that discrepancy is startling!

Vanessa McAfee

Well, they are currently named in a lawsuit about their bail practices, they just can’t see to get it right!

Randy Chapman

They got it exactly right. He needs to be behind bars perpetually.

Ron Woody

My apologies! Just re-read and saw that it referenced Mr. Goeler as a felon in possession.

George Croix

Another couple of footnotes for Wikipedia, under topic 'Losers'......

So, should THESE characters get out easier due to the 'disproportionately discriminatory' bond issue......??

Randy Chapman

Bails look perfect to me...ok, maybe a tad low on the felon with a firearm.

Wayne Holt

Congratulations, Ms. Dominy. You've just flushed your future down the tubes and you did it by the time you were 18. Mr. Goeler apparently arrived at that point some time ago.

Randy Chapman

She's been headed this way for a while. Facebook says so. So did the October 2018 Liberty County Grand Jury which indicted her for theft of a firearm.

Ron Shelby

They're just kids! What's the world coming to? What signs did the parents miss?...especially of the 18 year old. People, and law enforcement, need to ask them directly to get clues about how and why this happens.

Linda Mallory

Spot on, Ron. It's time the parents get back into their kids lives, even if the kids balk. If it were the parents being held responsible for their childrens misdeeds, they might delve more into their actions. JS

George Croix

Question, from someone who DOES favor extensive parental involvement, good involvement, in their kids' lives:
At what age should parents no longer have any responsibility for their kids' actions?
It has typically been at the age of majority.

Jarvis Buckley

Has anyone checked the parents rap sheet? Might be longer than their kids.
Just my thoughts.....

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