Vidor narcotics bust subsequent to shooting incident; second meth bust this year at residence

Old drug bust photo from 3575 East Railroad, Scott McCrandall
Randy Wasnak

Deputies arrested a Vidor man May 25 after finding methamphetamine subsequent to a shooting that occurred at his residence on May 22, Detective Janois Strause of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Including an arrest made in January related to a separate drug bust, this is the second narcotics arrest involving methamphetamine at the same residence this year.

May 22, deputies responded to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 3500 block of East Railroad in Vidor. The victim had reportedly been shot twice accidentally according to the 9-1-1 call received by dispatch. Deputies did not believe the shooting was accidental, but said the victim, who had been shot in the wrist and in the upper body, would not say much about what happened. A man at the scene, identified as 52-year-old Randy L. Wasnak, was unharmed, investigators reported. No arrests were made at that time.

On Wednesday, May 25, at 5:40 p.m., the Orange County Special Services Division along with the City of Orange Major Crimes Division secured a warrant for Wasnak’s arrest for possession of a controlled substance after discovering approximately 13 grams of meth at the house the day of the shooting. A criminal database search revealed Wasnak had been arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance previously, in 2010. He completed five years probation for that offense. 

According to Strause, when investigators arrived in response to the May 22 shooting, they located Wasnak in the yard of the residence. Officers conducted a search of the residence and reportedly found the meth and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. 

Wasnak was arrested on the felony warrant May 25 and transported to the Orange County Jail, where he was charged with an additional count of methamphetamine possession. 

The original warrant for possession had a bond of $50,000. Wasnak was arraigned May 26 by Precinct 2 Judge Derry Dunn, who set bond at $50,000 for the second possession charge making the totals bonds $100,000. Wasnak remained in custody at the time of this report.

Regarding the investigation of the shooting, Strause said, “The victim remains uncooperative with investigators about the facts of the case and the events that led to her injuries.”

Four months earlier, on Jan. 29, a team of narcotics investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division and the City of Orange Narcotics Division executed a search warrant issued by District Judge Courtney Arkeen at the same residence where Wasnak was recently arrested. During their search, investigators reportedly discovered approximately 82 grams of methamphetamine and numerous items of methamphetamine paraphernalia, including scales, pipes and syringes. Investigators also seized seven firearms located at the residence.

On that date, deputies arrested 36-year-old Scott E. McCrandall, a three-time convicted felon, for possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony.

According to Strause, the January search warrant was issued in response to numerous citizen complaints of suspicious activity that resulted in a month-long investigation by the above agencies along with investigators with the City of Sulphur Police Department preceding the raid.

After the incident, McCrandall was held at the Orange County Jail on $30,000 in bonds for both offenses. He was also being held on a parole violation.

After McCrandall’s arrest, Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt said he and his team would “continue to diligently combat the drug activities that occur in the neighborhoods and other areas of Orange County.” He apparently is making good on that promise as evidenced by Wasnak’s drug-related arrest.