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09/26/2012

Drug Arrest In The Forney Area

Jonathan Lamar McGatha 

According to information released by Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, tips from the public concerning suspected drug activity led to the arrest of a Forney man.  Cherokee County Investigators and Narcotics Unit Agents executed a search warrant at the residence of Jonathan Lamar McGatha, 38, on County Road 16.  McGatha attempted to elude officers on foot but was captured, and methamphetamine was discovered in his possession.  Additional methamphetamine, a boxed clandestine methamphetamine lab, and a stolen four wheeler were also discovered at the residence.  McGatha was charged with first degree manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, and second degree receiving stolen property.  Sheriff Jeff Shaver stated this arrest would not have been possible without the help and assistance of several concerned citizens in the Forney community.  He and Cherokee County Narcotics Unit Commander Chas Clifton wish to thank those who provided the information concerning these crimes. 

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