On March 22,2017 Kosse Police Department along with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and “Deputy Jack” Limestone County Sheriff’s Office K9, executed a search warrant at 208 North Myrtle which is the residence of Sammy Tawater. Found inside the residence was more than a useable amount of marijuana and small amount of methamphetamine along with assorted drug paraphernalia.
A consent to search a residence located behind 208 N. Myrtle was also executed. There was recent foot trail traffic leading to the residence located at 209 N. Narcissus Street which was the reasonable suspicion for the consent to search signed by the owner of the residence. During the search of the 209 N. Narcissus Street location, Deputy Jack alerted on an area in the garage of the residence.
The area was searched by his handler Limestone County Sheriff’s Deputy Means. A child’s backpack was discovered containing a large amount of Hydrocodone, and a small amount of Ecstasy, a large bag of marijuana, small bag of marijuana and a package of K2.
All of the following were found inside the residence and were charged as follows: Sammy Tawater 74 years of age, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance penalty group one less that one gram and possession of marijuana less than two ounces. Tracy Lloyd, 27 years of age possession of a controlled substance, penalty group one less than one gram of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana less than two ounces. Chelsea Favors, 22 years of age possession of a controlled substance penalty group one less than one gram to methamphetamine and possession of marijuana less than two ounces.
When affecting the consent to search on 209 N. Narcissus Street inside the child’s backpack, was a personal document belonging to Sergio Saldana and girlfriend Carrie Lagrone who is incarcerated in the Limestone County Jail. She was in jail at the time of the search. Drugs were found inside the child’s backpack, causing Sergio Saldana to be charged with the following charges: Possession of Marijuana more than four ounces, less than or equal to five pounds. Possession of a controlled substance penalty group one more than four grams or less than or equal to 200 grams of Hydrocodone. Possession of a controlled substance penalty group two more than or equal to four grams less than four hundred grams of Ecstasy and Burglary of a habitation to commit a felony. Seized from Sergio Saldana was $799.00 which was on his person when arrested.
All four persons were arrested and transported to the Limestone County Jail, booked and remained in jail, with the exception of Sammy Tawater who was released on bond on March 23,2017.
On March 27, 2017 Kosse Police Department Chief Ensminger and Officer Lou Lourcey stopped a vehicle in the driveway of 208 North Myrtle Street for improper display of a temporary tag. Officer Lourcey also recognized the driver identified as Paul Kessler. Officer Lourcey had knowledge that Paul Kessler is a non-licensed driver.
Once the vehicle was stopped, officers witnessed Paul Kessler hand something to a person later identified as Robert Tawater. He was standing outside of the vehicle passenger door. Once Robert Tawater received the item handed to him, Chief Ensminger stopped Tawater and found him to be holding what appeared to be a green colored glove, containing a long glass device used to smoke illegal substances with. Chief Ensminger identified this person as Robert Tawater 43 years old. Officer Lourcey identified the driver of the vehicle as Paul Kessler 46 years old. Officer Lourcey found a baggie on the ground where Chief Ensminger had detained Robert Tawater containing Methamphetamine. Both Tawater and Kessler were arrested for tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance penalty group one more than or equal to one gram but less than four grams of Methamphetamine. Kessler was also given several traffic citations.
Both Kessler and Tawater were transported to the Limestone County Jail and booked. The 1996 GMC pickup truck was seized and placed, in the Kosse Police Department impound lot.