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$20,000 of meth seized in Tyler drug raid

The Tyler Police Department worked with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office to help make the bust.

TYLER, Texas — The Henderson County Sheriff's Office makes several drug arrests each week. Many of arrests come after deputies find methamphetamine on the suspect.  

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However, their latest drug investigation was different than most. It was part of a joint investigation with the Tyler Police Department.

"They opened their arms and we told them what the investigation that we were looking at and believe we had enough to tie in a search wall for residence over there," Henderson County Sheriff  Botie Hillhouse said.

According to the HCSO, at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, a Henderson County narcotics team and Tyler police raided an apartment at Eastwood Apartments, seizing a half-pound of meth worth about $20,000. Officers also seized heroin, cocaine, crack, drug paraphernalia and a gun. 

Teresa Michelle Steppe, 53, was arrested and charged with manufacture and delivery. 

Credit: Smith County Jail
Teresa Michelle Steppe

Steppe was arrested last week by the HCSO in Chandler.

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Charles Sanchez, 52, was arrested and charged with manufacture and delivery.

Credit: Smith County Jail
Charles Sanchez

Christopher Lovelady, 34, was charged with dealing and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

Credit: Smith County Jail
Christopher Lovelady (Old mugshot)

Courtney Singleton, 34, was charged with possession.

Credit: Smith County Jail
Courtney Singleton

Sheriff Hillhouse says it is one of the largest busts he has seen since becoming sheriff in 2016.

So far this month, the Henderson County Sheriff's Office has helped make multiple drug busts that removed $55,000 of  meth from the streets.

While police say they are happy that the drugs and weapon were seized, Kevin Moree, the CEO of Life After Meth Ministries, says he is concerned about the frequency of arrests in East Texas.

"It's becoming more and more rampant," Moree said. "More and more available and those who are involved in that industry have become a lot more bolder."

Treatment for meth addiction is not the same as other drugs. Unlike opioids, who use methadone to ease of their addiction, there is no FDA approved method to get off the drug. 

"We just have to keep fighting, do everything we can to keep it off the street," said Hillhouse. 

If you or someone you know is seeking treatment, you can reach out to Life After Meth Ministries at 903-738-5382 or 903-638-5318.