On Tuesday, April 29, 2014 around 10:10 PM, Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division were patrolling the area Hwy 62 near Tulane Road in Orange, Orange County, Texas. Detectives observed a white Ford pick- up truck northbound on the Hwy 62 service road near the overpass with Tulane Road. The truck veered across the center yellow dividing lines of the northbound and southbound lanes and crossed into the on-coming lane of travel. After the truck veered back into the northbound lane, it then crossed over the white line into the unimproved shoulder area. Detectives conducted a traffic stop on the white Ford truck for the traffic violations.
As the vehicle was pulling over, Detectives observed an object, which was later determined to be a methamphetamine pipe, thrown from the driver’s side window of the vehicle. Detectives searched the vehicle and located a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. The three occupants in the truck were arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail.
The driver was identified as 34 year old white male, Timothy Murphy, of Orange. The middle seat passenger was identified as 33 year old white female, Sarah Smith, of Orange. The right seat passenger was identified as 31 year old white male, Jonathan Quebedeaux, of Vidor.
During the book-in process at the jail, Sarah Smith was found to be in possession of methamphetamine that was hidden under her clothing. It was then discovered that she also had an amount of illegal drugs concealed in her body parts. She was transported to the hospital so that the remaining illegal drugs could be removed from her person by a medical professional. The concealed illegal drugs were determined to be methamphetamine.
All three suspects were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a 2nd Degree Felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class C Misdemeanor. Timothy Murphy had an additional charge of Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon, a Class A Misdemeanor. Jonathan Quebedeaux had an additional charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a 3rd Degree Felony.
On the morning of Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Justice of the Peace David Peck arraigned the three suspects and set Murphy’s and Quebedeaux’s bonds at $30,500 each. Smith’s bond was set at $25,000. All three remain in custody at the Orange County Jail.
During the investigation after the arrests of the three suspects, Detectives were able to obtain a Search Warrant for Timothy Murphy’s residence at 5438 South Burton Road, Orange, Orange County, Texas. Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office executed the Search Warrant around 10:07 a.m. on April 30, 2014. Three suspects were located in the residence at the time of the Search Warrant. All three suspects were found to be in possession of methamphetamine. One of the suspects was a previously convicted felon and was found to be in possession of a firearm.
The three suspects were arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail. They were identified as 40 year old white male, Jason Penn, of Orange; 31 year old white female, Tarah Murphy, of Orange; and 19 year old white female, Hillary Fenton, of Beaumont. All three were booked for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Fenton and Murphy possessed a 3rd Degree Felony amount of Methamphetamine and Penn possessed a 2nd Degree Felony amount of Methamphetamine. Penn also had an additional charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a 3rd Degree Felony. All are currently in the Orange County Jail awaiting arraignment.
Sheriff Keith Merritt said he will continue utilizing every resource the Sheriff’s Office has available to take drugs off the streets and out of our neighborhoods in Orange County.