PEARLAND, Texas – Officers from the Friendswood Police Department and the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office stumbled across a major drug lab while trying to serve a warrant to a person at an apartment complex in Pearland.
The lab was found around 8:30 p.m. Monday at the St. Andrews Apartments in the 10000 block of Broadway.
While serving the warrant, officers discovered the drug lab set up in the kitchen of an apartment. A special team from the Texas Department of Public Safety was called out to safely dismantle the lab and take control of the chemicals.
The substance being made in the apartment was Dimethyltriptamine (also known as DMT), a powerful psychedelic drug. The formula, measurements and materials to make DMT were seized from the apartment, along with six large jars full of the DMT.
Other drugs seized from the apartment included: 7.2 pounds of marijuana, 198.2 grams of methamphetamine, 14 grams of cocaine, 10.9 grams of heroin, 400 units of LSD, 141 units of MDMA (Ecstasy), 235 units of Xanax, 12 units of Hydrocodone, 15 units of Phenobarbital, 8 units of Oxycodone, 13 units of Adderall, 1.8 grams of Suboxone, 2.6 grams of butane-extracted hash oil, also known as "shatter," 11.4 grams of an unknown brown rock substance, and a handgun.
Lance Ruel Setliff, 38, of Houston, was charged with manufacture delivery of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $10,000. Setliff was charged in federal courts following a Friendswood arrest for drug dealing and weapons charges in October 2008. He was released from federal custody on July 15, 2014 and is currently on supervised release with the U. S. Probation Office in Houston.
Chadd Robert Randall, 29, of Alvin, was charged with manufacture delivery of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $10,000.
Noel Christopher Daley, 49, of Alvin, was charged with manufacture delivery of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $10,000.
Angela Marie Collins, 33, of Alvin, was charged with manufacture delivery of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $10,000.
Christina Marie Flores, 31, was charged with manufacture delivery of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $10,000.
Stephanie Marie Beyer, 38, was charged with manufacture delivery of a controlled substance. She was released on bond Tuesday.
All of the suspects were transported to the Brazoria County Detention Center in Angleton.
This investigation was generated as a result of a mail theft case in mid-August when a witness in the 500 block of Mary Ann called police to report that he observed a woman in a black Toyota stealing mail from two of his neighbors' mailboxes. The witness remembered reading about a woman in a black Toyota stealing mail in one of the past Friendswood Weekly Activity Reports. The witness got in his vehicle and followed the suspect while providing police with the location and direction of travel, police say. An officer finally caught up to the suspect vehicle on Interstate 45 near Bay Area Blvd.
Lindsay Nicole Davies, 25, of Friendswood, was identified as the driver and found to have a warrant for her arrest in Brazoria County. Davies' vehicle was towed to the Friendswood Police Department where officers seized two large bags of mail and checks as evidence. The stolen mail included mail from the mailboxes on Mary Ann. Davies had a $25,000 bond for the Brazoria County warrant.
After that arrest, investigators linked the mail theft activity to one of the suspects and the apartment on Broadway. When they went to execute a search warrant at the apartment, the drug lab was found.