Three arrested on drug charges in south Liberty County

Three people were arrested on drug charges and one for traffic warrants on Thursday, July 26, by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Unit at a home on CR 404 in south Liberty County. Deputies reportedly made the arrests after being sent to investigate reports that illegal narcotics were being sold at the home.

“Investigators determined that the property consisted of a small trailer park with approximately eight travel trailers that were occupied by several different residents. Acting on this information, the unit began making purchases of suspected crystal meth from two different residents, identified as Shanin Raydon Lloyd aka ‘Shan-O’ and Michael Leroy Schwab,’” said LCSO Captain Ken DeFoor in a written statement.

After obtaining a search warrant from 75th State District Judge Mark Morefield, the Criminal Interdiction Unit with the assistance of Liberty County Special Response Team and the East Montgomery County Special Response Team served the warrant on two travel trailers at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

During the search of Lloyd’s home, a female identified as Crystal Myline Mertz was located and detained and Shanin Lloyd was detained in the front driveway area. As the SRT secured the second travel trailer, Michael Schwab was located inside and detained.

“When Lloyd’s trailer was searched, Investigators located and recovered multiple pieces of suspected crystal meth that was packaged, along with other packaging materials and digital scales,” said DeFoor. “Investigators also recovered a single shot shotgun that had been sawed off to approximately 13 [inches] with a makeshift wooden pistol grip that is considered a prohibited weapon.”

According to DeFoor, investigators report also recovered a black designer man’s bag inside an adjoining abandoned travel trailer that was found to contain a black .357 caliber revolver handgun, digital scales, I-Pad, large bag of marijuana, loaded syringes of suspected liquid meth and multiple plastic bags containing approximately 47.55 grams of suspected crystal meth. DeFoor said the items were found to belong to Lloyd.

When searching Michael Schwab’s residence, investigators reportedly found approximately 1.28 grams of suspected crystal meth along with multiple packaging materials and digital scales.

Four persons were arrested at the scene with three booked into the Liberty County Jail and a fourth in the Baytown Police Department jail. The suspects are listed below along with the charges against them:

  • Shanin Raydon Lloyd, 39, is charged with Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance (felony one), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (felony three) and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon (felony three);
  • Crystal Myline Mertz, 35, is charged with Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance (felony one), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon (felony three), Possession of a Prohibited Weapon (felony three) and a Warrant for Probation Violation (Burglary of a Habitation);
  • Michael Leroy Schwab, 36, is charged with Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance (felony two); and
  • Wesley Joseph Wilburn, 29, who was arrested on multiple traffic warrants out of the Baytown Police Department.

Bonds are set at $140,000 for Lloyd, $140,000 for Mertz and $31,000 for Schwab. Bond information and a mug shot were not available for Wilburn on the jail website.

Mertz, Crystal Myline
Schwab, Michael Leroy
Lloyd, Shannin

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