Vidor man guilty of methamphetamine possession

Vidor man guilty of methamphetamine possession

A Jefferson County jury found a 42-year-old Vidor man guilty of methamphetamine possession stemming from a February 2015 arrest related to drug activity at a local motel. 

In a press release, District Attorney Bob Wortham announced that a jury of the Drug Impact Court found Houston Gene Freeman guilty of possession of methamphetamine of at least 4 grams and less than 200 grams, a second-degree felony charge. 

According to the DA's Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office acted on a tip related to drug activity at the Value Place Motel on Interstate 10 on February 11, 2015. During their investigation, they discovered approximately 11 grams of methamphetamine in the defendant's possession.

The jury found the defendant guilty on Tuesday, February 23, after deliberating for less than half an hour. The defendant asked the judge to assess punishment. Sentencing is set for March 28. He faces from 2-20 years on prison and a fine up to $10,000.

A criminal database search revealed Freeman was previously placed on 8 years probation after being arrested in Hardin County in 2010 for first-degree felony manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and given 3 years probation for possession of a controlled substance in Jefferson County the same year. Freeman spent several months in state jail from 2013 to 2014 for violating his probation, according to the database.