Probation warrant turns into drug bust

July 8, 2009 12:44:34 PM PDT
Friendswood Police, serving a probation violation warrant, found a quantity of narcotics and steroids in the suspect's home.Police served the warrant at approximately 2pm Tuesday at a home in the 1500 block of Windsor Drive in Regency Estates. The suspect, Joseph David Bender, 23, was searched and police say he was found to be in possession of a vial of liquid heroin and a dozen Vicodin pills.

During a safety sweep of the house, officers observed in plain view, another vial, which later tested positive for heroin.

The homeowner signed a consent to search allowing officers to perform a more thorough search of the residence. The subsequent search turned up approximately $3,000 in cash, several vials of liquid steroids and six grams of black tar heroin.

Bender was jailed on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The charge is a second degree felony with a $150,000 bond. The probation violation warrant carried no bond.

Bender was convicted in Harris County District Court in January 2009 for possession of a controlled substance. Friendswood Police arrested him May 6, 2009 when he was found to be in possession of more than 77 grams of black tar heroin. The probation violation warrant was linked to his May 6 arrest.

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