Hardin County News [ View Original Article ]
By David Lisenby
One Hardin County resident remains in jail and another posted bond after being arrested for four felony charges when approximately 22 grams of methamphetamine was seized by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.
Troy Lee Bohler, 37, was booked into the Hardin County jail and charged with two counts of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, a first degree felony, two counts of endangering a child, a state jail felony, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm, a third degree felony.
Misty Ester-Loftin, 30, was booked into the Hardin County jail and charged with two counts of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, a first degree felony, and two counts of endangering a child, a state jail felony.
According to a press release from Sheriff Ed Cain, the arrest occurred on Tuesday, April 10 when Deputy Jake Droddy, while on routine patrol, observed a four-wheeler being operated on the roadway in the area of the Old Spurger Highway, just north of Silsbee.
As Droddy was talking to the people on the four-wheeler, Bohler and Ester-Loftin, he noticed a small plastic baggie on the front of the vehicle. That baggie contained methamphetamine.
A further search of Bohler produced several more baggies of methamphetamine. In all, almost eight grams of the drug was seized. Bohler and Ester-Loftin were placed under arrest at that time and transported to the Hardin County jail.
After returning to the jail, Droddy contacted the Sgt. Charles Daigle and Sgt. Mark Vincent of theHardin County Narcotics Division and informed them of the situation and the amount of methamphetamine seized.
Daigle received a request from Ester-Loftin’s mother to search the house where her daughter and Bohler were residing and look for more illegal substances. After receiving permission to search the residence, the deputies went to the home and located several items common with methamphetamine users and sellers.
Several glass smoking pipes, as well as several used syringes, a shotgun, digital scales, small plastic baggies, and a large quantity of methamphetamine were also discovered. In all, approximately 15 grams of methamphetamine was recovered at the residence.
Child Protective Services were contacted and they began their own investigation and, subsequently, two children, ages 7 and 10, were placed out of the home with responsible family members.
Bohler’s total bond was set at $70,000. He has since posted bond and been released from the Hardin County jail.
Ester-Loftin’s total bond was set at $60,000. She remains in the Hardin County jail on those bonds as well as other traffic charges.