Ferris drug arrest made on Fifth Street
By 04/24/2003 00:00:00
Vintage autos impounded
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - Waxahachie resident Virgil Ray Ledbetter, 48, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine under one gram and Dallas resident Roy Lee Anderson Jr., 30, was taken into custody for a Dallas County assault warrant Friday, April 18.
Police responded to the 300 block of Fifth Street after receiving a call at 11:14 a.m. stating there was a fight in progress.
When police arrived on the scene, they did not encounter any fighting, according to Ferris Detective Michael Reaves.
Ferris resident and friend of the suspects, Carl Stovall, contended no one was fighting.
Stovall said Ferris police have been harassing him since moving into town a year ago.
Police impounded Ledbetter's 1978 gold Pontiac Firebird and Anderson Jr.'s 1923 yellow Ford T-Bucket Hotrod.
A syringe loaded with cocaine was found in the console of the Firebird, as Reaves said he searched the car per Ledbetter's consent.
The syringe tested positive for cocaine during a routine field test.
Stovall was angry with police for towing his friend's vehicles.
'(The police) can't tow off my property,' Ferris resident Carl Stovall said. 'They think they can do anything they want to do. This is my property-my house, I pay rent. We will sue.'
Ferris Police Department could be held liable if anything happened to the suspect's vehicles after they are taken into custody, Reaves said.
He said if the cars had been parked in Stovall's driveway, police would have not impounded the vehicles, but they were in a public place.
'That parking lot belongs to the First Baptist Church as to my knowledge,' Reaves said.
A Ferris police report shows the Firebird was parked in a gravel parking lot of the First Baptist Church and the T-Bucket's tires were on Fifth Street adjunct to Stovall's residence.
Reaves said the arresting officer, Lt. Swafford, pealed expired decals off the Firebird for evidence after Ledbetter confirmed they were wrong to Reaves.
Reaves said the evidence will be hand delivered to the Department of Public Safety office in Garland, where an official test will be conducted to confirm if the substance is cocaine.