Meth arrest in Orange

Meth arrest in Orange

A disturbance at the Best Western in Orange led to the arrest of a Newton man for possession of methamphetamine.

According to a police report from the Orange Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Best Western hotel located at 2245 Highway 62 in Orange in reference to a disturbance regarding multiple parties. Once at the scene, reports Officer Patrick McDonald, investigators questioned the desk clerk who provided descriptions of the men involved. McDonald located a suspect matching the description given by the clerk. The man was sitting inside a white Ford pickup truck.

As the officer questioned the man and his female companion, he reportedly observed a second man laid out in the back seat of the vehicle. When asked for his name, the man reportedly replied, "Bryan Crooks," but the officer could find no record of anyone by that name in the police system. Upon further questioning, the first man told the officer the second male had provided him with the wrong last name. He told McDonald the man's last name was Manuel, not Crooks, and that he did not know the man's real first name.

Armed with the new information, the officer again approached the second male who confessed his real name to be 31-year-old Thomas Ray Manuel of Newton. He was asked to exit the vehicle and detained. As the officers removed the suspect from the truck, they reportedly observed "a small, clear baggy containing a crystallized substance," identified by police as methamphetamine. The officer then discovered Manuel had a warrant out of Newton County. Manuel was arrested for the warrant, possession of a controlled substance and failure to identify.