Breckenridge Texan

Ranger man arrested in Breckenridge on drug charges

December 24
11:17 2018

A Stephens County deputy arrested a 61-year-old man Friday night, Dec. 21, on a charge of selling drugs, as well as for two outstanding Eastland County warrants for selling and possessing drugs.

A.J. Tanner

A.J. Tanner of Ranger was taken into custody by Deputy Wayne McMullen on the official charge of Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, equal to or more than 1 gram but less than 4 grams. The Eastland County warrants are for (1) Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, equal to or more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams and (2) Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1.

McMullen pulled Tanner over on West Walker Street and was assisted by Sheriff Will Holt, after Holt witnessed Tanner driving recklessly, according to the complaint McMullen filed about the arrest.

According to the report, Tanner gave McMullen permission to search the vehicle he was driving, and the deputy found a substance that field-tested as methamphetamine, scales, small plastic bags, four cell phones and several syringes, which Tanner said he had because his son is a diabetic. McMullen’s affidavit states that, at the Sheriff’s Office, the methamphetamine was weighed at about 2.5 grams.

The information from the Sheriff’s Office states that Tanner has an arrest record for manufacturing and/or delivering controlled substances as far back as 2006 and that in 2008 in the 91st District Court in Eastland County he was convicted of possessing and manufacturing/delivering illegal drugs.

Tanner remains in the Stephens County Jail on Monday morning, Dec. 24, and has a $300,000 bond set by Breckenridge Municipal Judge Kim Baggett.


(Photo courtesy of the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office)

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