Vidor police find marijuana plants during assault inquiry

Vidor police find marijuana plants during assault inquiry

Police in Vidor responding to a call reporting a sexual assault at a residence there arrested three individuals on warrants and drug-related charges, and discovered multiple concealed marijuana plants growing inside the house, reports the Vidor Police Department (VPD).

According to a VPD police report, officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of Triangle Drive in reference to a reported sexual assault in progress at the location at about 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 30. A man had called VPD stating that he had received a message from a female acquaintance who was allegedly at the residence requesting help because she was “being held against her will” and “raped.” The caller told officers he could hear her screaming in the background that she was being raped. However, when officers arrived at the residence, there was no evidence of a sexual assault, VPD Lt. Mike Sanchez reports. Instead, investigators say, they discovered various illegal narcotics and a small grow operation.

Officer Eric Meineke reported going to the house to investigate the report of the assault and finding several males and a female inside the residence. He told the group why he was there, and they told him no assault had occurred. While he was rounding up people for questioning from various corners of the house, the officer states that he saw drug paraphernalia in plain view.

As he continued searching the house, he soon discovered a locked door.

“This was a huge concern as I did not know if anyone was hiding in the room,” Meineke reported.

He then walked through another room to the south of the dining area and saw a large cabinet covered by a blanket. As he approached the cabinet, states the officer, he could feel heat emanating from it and heard the distinct sound of running water. When he pulled back the blanket and looked inside, he reports, he found a grow light and irrigation system supporting two marijuana plants.

During the course of the investigation, the men who had been inside the house were taken outside and detained in kneeling positions to ensure officer and bystander safety. Officers later determined it would be best to question them at the station.

As Meineke escorted one of the men, 52-year-old Rodney Ray Revia Jr., to  the patrol vehicle, the officer spotted a prescription bottle. A second was found nearby. Inside the bottles, Meineke reported, officers found marijuana roaches, a pill and a “small square object.” Revia reportedly told the officers the pill was ecstasy, or MDMA, and the square object was LSD, also known as acid.

Revia was arrested for two charges of possession of a controlled substance and a charge for possession of marijuana. The bonds for the controlled substance charges were $20,000 each. The bond for marijuana possession was $2,500. He made bond on all three charges and was released. 

Another man, 46-year-old Charles Bodin, was arrested for a parole violation. He is still being held without bond. Brandon Martinez, 33, was arrested and is still incarcerated with no bond for an active warrant out of San Augustine for dangerous drugs. 

Police dispatch notes indicate another man was also arrested during the investigation. Officers reportedly discovered a meth pipe, an instrument used to smoke methamphetamine, on the person of Robbie Swisher, 46. He was also in possession of a “large amount of code 6,” meaning a large amount of illegal narcotics. Swisher was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He was being held on a $20,000 bond for the controlled substance and a $500 bond for the paraphernalia charge. He has since been released on bond. 

Other charges are pending in this case, according to Sanchez.