Chief Deputy Lyons Says "Super Meth" Found in Polk County, LIVINGSTON, July 8, 2020 - On July 1, 2020, a federal grand jury indicted 26-year-old Christopher Dashawn Montoya, of Woodville, on numerous drug charges. According to law enforcement reports, on December 1, 2019, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at a house where they suspected Montoya to be located. At the time, Montoya had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. A search warrant for the home was obtained and once inside deputies discovered Montoya along with two adult females and five children. Deputies also found a large amount of cash, just over a kilogram (kilo) of methamphetamine, marijuana, a digital scale and a handgun. A search of the Montoya’s vehicle yielded a backpack containing two additional handguns, more marijuana and pills believed to be Ecstasy. An analysis of the methamphetamine by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lab revealed the methamphetamine was 98% pure. “The DEA has warned law enforcement agencies about what they are calling Super Meth, a stronger, more pure and highly addictive methamphetamine produced by Mexican drug cartels,” stated Byron Lyons, Chief Deputy at the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. “The cartels that are mass-producing this Super Meth are pushing it into markets where it was previously unknown and it appears to have made its way to Polk County.” Chief Lyons added.
The same grand jury also indicted Montoya on additional charges stemming from a separate incident arising from a July 19, 2019, traffic stop conducted by an officer with the Woodville Police Department. According to the officer, during his encounter with Montoya, he smelled an odor of marijuana. A subsequent search of the vehicle produced a 9mm caliber handgun hidden in a compartment next to the center console. Another hidden compartment in the vehicle contained multiple baggies of marijuana and a pill bottle with three different types of pills inside. The vehicle also contained multiple empty plastic baggies typically associated with drug distribution and the defendant’s wallet which contained a large amount of cash. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney, Tommy L. Coleman. Montoya is charged with two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person, one count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance on Premises where Children Present and one count of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. If convicted, Montoya faces a minimum of ten years and up to life in a federal prison.
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