A Seadrift man is facing 16 criminal charges after a search warrant was served at his home.
In collaboration with multiple law enforcement agencies, the Calhoun County Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens executed the warrant Friday on the property of Robert William Sanders III, 41, said Chelsea Bailey, a game warden and spokeswoman for the regional agency.
Sanders was charged with three counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance greater than or equal to four grams and less than 400 grams, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance greater than or equal to 28 grams but less than 200 grams, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance less than 4 grams, five counts of unlawful manufacturing of a dangerous drug, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance less than 28 grams and five counts of possession of an electric shock device within a half-mile of a public waterway, according to the Calhoun County Jail records.
Officials searched Sanders’ residence on Heyland Road in Seadrift before noon, Bailey said. Items seized from his property as evidence included five fish-shocking devices, controlled substances, firearms, suppressors and alligator skulls.
Finding five shocking deceives in someone’s possession is unusual, Bailey said.
No person can manufacture, sell or use an electricity-producing device designed to shock fish with the specific exemption of a device used by licensed commercial gulf shrimp boats, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code. The law defines an electricity-producing device as “any device that produces or directs an electrical current and is used to shock, stun, disorient or kill fish.”
“(Finding fish shockers) used to be pretty often when people would go out and fish back in the day,” Bailey said. “But they’re really easy to get rid of because they’re so small in size and people can just throw them over the side of a boat ... For him to have five, that is kind of crazy. For us, as game wardens, that just shows that he does a lot of illegal poaching.”
Game wardens had been closely monitoring Sanders’ residence for Texas Parks and Wildlife violations in collaboration with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Bailey said.
“We’ve had a lot of information about this individual that has just been piling up ... so we decided to go ahead and execute (the warrant),” she said.
Sanders was arrested and booked into the Calhoun County Jail about 1:15 p.m. He was released the next day on bonds totaling more than $70,000, according to Calhoun County Jail records.