2 arrested in Vidor drug investigation

Two people have been arrested in Vidor following a narcotics investigation by the police department.

Officers say they recovered several syringes, empty bath salt containers, empty prescription bottles, and spoons they say were clearly being used as drug paraphernalia at a home.

James Arnold Murray and Shelton Guy Matt were taken into custody

The Vidor Police Department Tuesday night issued the following press release:


On Monday, September 24, 2012, about 9:12 a.m., the Vidor Police Department Street Crimes Unit went to 360 Melrose, Vidor, Orange County, Texas in reference to a Narcotics Investigation.

Street Crimes Officers knocked on the door and when opened, the officers were able to see inside the residence. In plain view, the Officers saw Drug Paraphernalia and received consent to enter and search the residence.

Once inside the residence, the Officers saw several syringes, empty bath salt containers, empty prescription bottles, and spoons clearly being used as Drug Paraphernalia. The officers identified two white males inside the residence. One was James Arnold Murray W/M and the second, was home owner Shelton Guy Matt W/M.

Both Matt and Murray were taken into custody and transported to the Vidor Police Department for booking procedures.

They were later transported to the Orange County Jail and released to the on duty jailers. Shelton Matt was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and had an outstanding Capias Warrant out of Orange County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4. Matt was arraigned by Orange County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 David Peck. Matt's bonds were set at $1,500 for Possession of a Controlled Substance Drug Free Zone, $500 for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and $217 for the JP 4 Capias Warrant.

James Murray was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and his bond was set at $500.

"The narcotics investigation stems from complaints to the Street Crimes Unit from another Law Enforcement agency and our citizens." said Vidor Police Chief Dave Shows.

"The Street Crimes Unit will continue to actively pursue those involved in criminal activity. We will target those who are actively dealing narcotics in our community and to our children. We encourage our citizens to get involved and work together with our Police Department. If you see high volumes of vehicle and pedestrian traffic entering and exiting one residence in your neighborhood you need to contact the Police Department. Working together we can build a safer community for our children," concluded Chief Shows.


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