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Sheriff investigation nets dealer, four more with meth, paraphernalia in Athens

ATHENS, May 18, 2017–An early Thursday morning drug investigation led by Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse’s narcotic investigators landed a female and four men with drugs or paraphernalia in jail.

“This is the kind of comprehensive drug investigation I promised the people we would conduct when we began our crack-down a year ago,” Sheriff Hillhouse said.

Kristi Costlow was charged with manufacturing and delivery of methamphetamine, a second degree felony. She was not only in possession of suspected methamphetamine, but also had items commonly used to traffic the narcotic.

Costlow faces a term in the Texas Department of Corrections of up to 20 years but not less than two years and a fine up to $10,000.

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Johnny Sieger and Brandon Rios also were charged with possession of methamphetamine. Additionally, Sieger was charged with three outstanding warrants from Henderson County.

Their State Jail Felony charges could cost them up to two years – but not less than six months in a State Jail.

Finally John Minter and Carlton Lewis were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanors.

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The investigation was conducted by Narcotics Investigators Brad Beddingfield and Josh Rickman after a search warrant was issued by Henderson County Court at Law Judge Scott Williams.

A six-member team joined them in the investigation.

Deputies Linus Moulton, Gabriel Shue, Justin Pumphrey, Noah Hickson and Sgt. Dana Dykes and Dustin Cook of the Athens Police Department assisted Beddingfield and Rickman on the investigation of the Roosevelt Street residence in Athens.

“Working together, the Sheriff’s Office and the Athens Police Department are cleaning up this City and County one case at a time,” Hillhouse said.

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