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Early last week, Friendswood police making a routine traffic stop ended up finding crystal methamphetamine on three of four passengers in a vehicle. The arrest is just one of many recent meth-related arrests across the area. 

On April 29, Friendswood police stopped a vehicle driven by Marianna Marchesini, 34, of La Marque, just after 4:30 p.m. in the 900 block of W. Edgewood Drive for speeding and failing to drive in a single lane, according to the police report. 

Police said that as Marchesini was pulling over, they noticed that the front passenger attempting to hide something. While the driver and an officer were speaking, that front passenger, Stephen Roger Edwards, 33, of Freeport, appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, police said. He told police that he owned the vehicle but that Marchesini was driving because his license was expired. 

Officers then ran warrant checks on the two backseat passengers, Jessica Brooke Banks, 30, of Pearland, and Dillion Ray Wimberley, 19, of Santa Fe. They found that Wimberley had an outstanding warrant in Galveston County connected to a controlled substance possession charge. He was then taken into police custody. 

During a search of the car with consent from Marchesini, officers said they found an amount of crystal methamphetamine and a pistol near the where the driver and passenger had been sitting. It is believed by police that Edwards had been attempting to conceal that gun as they were being pulled over. Edwards later told police that Wimberley had stolen the weapon from a drug dealer, according to the police report. Police said a search of the backseat uncovered an amount of crystal methamphetamine in Banks' purse. 

All four were subsequently arrested, with Banks, Edwards, and  Marchesini all charged with possession of a controlled substance. Edwards was also charged possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Wimberley was arrested for the outstanding warrant.

According to Galveston County records, Edwards is still in custody on $120,00 bond, while Banks and Marchesini are still being held on $2,000 bond. Wimberley's current disposition was not immediately known. 

Is crystal methamphetamine a problem in the Friendswood area? Friendswood Police Department Chief Robert Wieners said Monday that in his eyes it is a regional issue more than a Friendswood one. The April 29 arrest highlights a problem in the area that Wieners says is quickly becoming a bigger issue for local investigators.

In a prepared statement Monday, Wieners said the amount of methamphetamine that is present in the greater Houston area is a matter of concern for him and all law enforcement in the city.

In March, a Friendswood police investigation into buying and selling crystal methamphetamine, resulted in the arrest of 12 people in the course of one week.

Most of the people Friendswood police have arrested for meth possession, Wieners said, have been traveling along FM 528 and FM 2351. This leads Wieners to believe that it's been meth that’s coming through their city and not just area users and dealers. 

"We’ve had a very small number of Friendswood residents that have been involved with methamphetamine," Wieners said in the statement. 

Friendswood police spokeswoman KC Rodgers said that their investigations have shown there is a distribution network that is operating up and down the I-45 corridor, mostly out of area motels. 

"The folks involved in the distribution and use have been longtime substance abusers, ages ranging from 28 to 55 years old. Most of the arrestees have been white and half have been female," she said.

      



Comments:
These dope dealers don't read the paper, Otherwise they would know that Friendswood is not a safe place to go with there dope. There best bet would be to stay in the Bacliff and San Leon areas of Galveston County. The illegal casino owners ,sex Offenders and wanted people figured it out.
Posted by Me at 5/6/2014 7:14:43 AM

Me.....

Speaking of staying in the Bacliff, San Leon area.......the word "there" you're wanting in your tirade is spelled "their". C'mon man, get it right. And it appears the dope dealers and addicts don't know not to come to Friendswood. It's good to see Friendswood PD arresting them, the same way they are arrested in San Leon, Bacliff, Santa Fe, and every other town in Galveston County. However, I find it a bit disturbing your chief seems afraid to admit Friendswood citizens are drug dealers and addicts. Believe it or not, it's true........
Posted by JustSomeGuy at 5/6/2014 1:25:25 PM

pancho saze; Friendswood has every kind of dope head imaginable. It is an ongoing problem !! Catch em and prosecute. Cut the pr bs out.
Posted by pancho villa at 5/7/2014 3:02:35 PM

The meth problem is an issue throughout the area...Friendswood has its issues but the addresses of the folks getting busted indicate the problem is much broader. As far as catching them, Friendswood PD has certainly nabbed their fair share. As far as prosecuting them, call Jack Roady and Devon Anderson to get their opinion on that...Billy Cody saze wake up!!
Posted by Bill Cody at 5/7/2014 6:43:37 PM

Yep those dealers are getting popped everywhere in Galveston County including a countywide law enforcement elected official's nephew. Is it true that the kid was doing it in school and covered up so now he's moved up in the "drug" world and being charged with dealing the pure weed. I bet he's finding out that it's a little different out as an adult.

It's interesting that has been kept out of the papers - you know with this person living under a law enforcement roof. Really makes people feel safe! Usually this elected official posts everything in the news but apparently not the bad things.

Everyone knows about this situation ..... The office holder is oblivious to everyone knowing - too bad no one is telling him that it looks bad.
Posted by JustSomeoneElse at 5/7/2014 9:52:43 PM

DOPE GOES WHERE THE MONEY IS ( FRIENDSWOOD )
Posted by maddog at 5/8/2014 7:50:14 AM

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