Officers with three agencies gained consent to search an Early motel room Tuesday afternoon and arrested two people on drug and evidence tampering charges.
    The arrests of Destinee Hood, 26, and Manuel Fuentes, 44, both of Brownwood, followed a joint investigation by the Early and Brownwood police departments and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Early Police Chief David Mercer said.
    The two were charged with three counts each of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and evidence tampering, according to Mercer and Brown County Jail records.
    Both remained jailed Wednesday. Additionally, Hood is held on bond withdrawal warrants for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, resisting arrest and theft, jail records state.
    Brownwood police initially began searching for Hood Monday night following a two-vehicle accident in the 1600 block of Third, police said. Hood, who was believed to be the at-fault driver, left the accident scene on foot before officers arrived.
    Mercer described via email what happened Tuesday afternoon at the Early motel:
    Officers received information about several individuals in two motel rooms on C.C. Woodson who had guns, money and drugs. The information received was not enough for a search warrant so officers conducted surveillance and did follow-up investigations.
    The Early Police Department’s drug dog, Jambo, was later walked in front of the motel rooms for an open air search, and the dog alerted to one of the rooms in question.
    Officers then made contact with two individuals, a male and female identified as Hood and Fuentes, to conduct a consensual interview. Officers received consent to search the room.
     Officers located two handguns that proved to be BB guns. Officers also located where the toilet paper roller had been removed and numerous baggies used for packaging, jewelers bags and syringes had been put into the wall of the bathroom.
    Officers asked the Early Fire Department to bring tools to cut into the wall so items could be retrieved. There was also evidence suggesting a suspect had possibly washed some type of controlled substance down the shower drain.
     Officers also located a methamphetamine pipe containing residue and under 2 ounces of marijuana. Officers then located jeweler bags containing an assortment of Clonazepam, Alprazolam and Diazepam pills packaged for sale.
    Officers also located legders of drug writings and scales.
    Officers think the male suspect likely thought the illegal items had either been washed down the drain or hidden in the wall where they wouldn’t be found, Mercer said via text message.
    Mercer also said he thinks the female suspect “left some stuff out while scrambling to hide stuff.”
    Mercer described the arrests as another example of the cooperative efforts between the three agencies that are taking shape.
    “This was an investigation that started out with little or no probable cause, and with the three agencies working together, developed enough to build the case,” Mercer said.

Jail log
    Others booked into the Brown County Jail between 8 a.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday were:
    Demarcus Franklin, 31, Irvin, credit card or debit card abuse.
    Dayton Grusendorf, 18, Early, aggravated assault.
    Monty Reid, 63, Browwood, traffic warrants.
    James Reynolds, 62, Brownwood, parole warrant.