NARCS FLASH-BANG SOCIETY CATERER’S HOME
2708 Skyline Dr.
Waco – Skyline Drive is a sun-spashed suburban street that appears to be straight out of a sixties television series.
Meticulously kept lawns and well-appointed, upscale homes line its winding length. People in their front yards glance with suspicion at an out-of-place vehicle slowing to check for an address.
A pair of bachelors named Paul Farney and Vernon Brown who live at a shaded hillside villa with sweeping lakeside vistas of one of the city’s most opulent neighborhoods overlooking Lakeview Country Club attracted the attention of narcotics officers operating out of the suburb of Woodway, who over a period of months went through the garbage and questioned persons who visited their home.
The surveillance operation, which yielded used syringes and baggies with methamphetamine residue, culminated when officers from both Waco and Woodway apprehended a female visitor to 2708 Skyline Drive whose purse yielded three marijuana pipes, a “usable” amount of the herb, and a meth pipe with residue of the drug clinging to its glass surfaces.
Officers arrested Amanda Chamberlain of Valley Mills as she left the residence when they discovered a bench warrant for her arrest had been issued because she had failed to appear for a Bosque County court date.
In an affidavit, a narcotics officer noted there were letters found in the trash “within the last 72 hours” that had been addressed to the residents, Paul Farney and Vernon Brown,
Acting on the information, Officer Larry Adams obtained a “no knock” search warrant for the house, and when SWAT Team members approached, they learned the outer doors were fortified. They also found a large number of firearms in the residence, according to a statement by Woodway Public Safety Director Yost Zakhary, who noted that officers seized nothing other than drugs and paraphernalia, including .91 grams of methamphetamine; 41 grams of marijuana; 22 grams of hydrocodone, and 2.5 grams of Xanax.
According to an affidavit, officers deployed “flash-bang” grenades in their entry at the residence, where they arrested Paul Farney for the State Jail Felony of possession of less than a gram of methamphetamine, detained his bachelor friend Vernon Brown, and a tenant who rents their garage apartment at the same address named William Newton, described in the affidavit as “a suspicious male suspect in the street in front of the suspected premises.”