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Several used needles and suspected meth residue found Durden charged with operating ‘drug house’ at Hosford home

by Teresa EubankRichard Troy Durdens, Journal Editor

A man accused of running what deputies called a “drug house” was charged with maintaining a public nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia after a search warrant was served on his mobile home, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Clerk’s Office.

The residence, located on NE SR 65 South in Hosford, was searched soon after Richard Troy Durden, 19, was arrested in a Sept. 21 traffic stop.

Items found in home included multiple used needles, which - according to Durden’s live-in girlfriend - were kept on hand for “junkies” who visit the house.  They were kept in a drawer labeled “Durden” in his bedroom, which also held two plastic containers with the residue of a white crystal substance, according to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

A plastic baggie with some of the same substance was found on Durden’s bedroom floor.  Numerous “boats” - fashioned out of tin foil and commonly used to smoke meth - were scattered throughout the home.  A partially smoked marijuana cigarette was found in the middle bedroom and  what was described as “white supremacist writings” were discovered on the kitchen counter.

In the arrest report, it was noted that Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputies have  previously responded to multiple drug-related calls at Durden’s residence - at least eight times in the past 12 months.   An ambulance was also dispatched to the home following a report of an overdose.

On Sept. 20, a warrant was issued for Durden’s arrest on a criminal mischief charge for damaging security cameras at Liberty Community Health Care, which is located less than 50 yards from his home.   One camera was left hanging toward the ground; the other was crushed.

A deputy identified Durden as the white male shown in footage taken by the cameras moments before they stopped working.

The video shows a male carrying a five foot contractor’s metal level, which he used to strike security cameras on the east and south side of the building.   The south side camera faces his home. Two other deputies were able to positively ID Durden.

The cost to replace and install the two cameras is estimated at approximately $1,000.

Durden is being held on $10,000 bond.

He has been previously arrested for drug and traffic offenses as well as trespassing charges.  Earlier this month, he was charged with interfering with a police dog performing official duties after he called out to the dog and distracted it as it was about to perform a free air sniff around his vehicle.

A plastic baggie with some of the same substance was found on Durden’s bedroom floor.  Numerous “boats” - fashioned out of tin foil and commonly used to smoke meth - were scattered throughout the home.  A partially smoked marijuana cigarette was found in the middle bedroom and  what was described as “white supremacist writings” were discovered on the kitchen counter.

In the arrest report, it was noted that Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputies have  previously responded to multiple drug-related calls at Durden’s residence - at least eight times in the past 12 months.   An ambulance was also dispatched to the home following a report of an overdose.

On Sept. 20, a warrant was issued for Durden’s arrest on a criminal mischief charge for damaging security cameras at Liberty Community Health Care, which is located less than 50 yards from his home.   One camera was left hanging toward the ground; the other was crushed.

A deputy identified Durden as the white male shown in footage taken by the cameras moments before they stopped working.

The video shows a male carrying a five foot contractor’s metal level, which he used to strike security cameras on the east and south side of the building.   The south side camera faces his home. Two other deputies were able to positively ID Durden.

The cost to replace and install the two cameras is estimated at approximately $1,000.

Durden is being held on $10,000 bond.

He has been previously arrested for drug and traffic offenses as well as trespassing charges.  Earlier this month, he was charged with interfering with a police dog performing official duties after he called out to the dog and distracted it as it was about to perform a free air sniff around his vehicle.

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September 29th, 2017

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