A 53-year-old Leander man who was arrested in Bryan in September after allegedly trying to solicit sex from someone he believed to be a 15-year-old girl was among 65 people indicted on felony charges Thursday by a Brazos County grand jury.
Seven area residents were indicted on first-degree felony drug charges, each punishable by up to 99 years in prison. Among them were two sets of couples who were indicted on first-degree drug charges following searches of their respective homes.
Grand jurors meet twice monthly to decide whether there is enough evidence to move forward with prosecution in a case. An indictment by grand jury is not an indication of guilt.
According to Bryan police, an officer with the department’s criminal investigations division child exploitation unit posed online as a 15-year-old girl. The undercover officer made contact with Leander resident Arnold Walden Elkins, 53, and Elkins engaged in sexually explicit conversation with whom he believed was a teen girl. Among other statements, Elkins asked the officer where would be a good place to meet to have sex.
The reports state that Elkins arrived in Bryan in September at a predetermined meeting place for sex. There, he was taken into custody and charged with online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He was indicted on that charge on Thursday.
He was released from the Brazos County Jail on a $50,000 bond on Sept. 14.
• According to College Station police, in September detectives suspected drug sales were coming from a home in the 3300 block of Wildrye Drive, which is near the G. Hysmith Skatepark, a drug-free zone. A search warrant on the home was executed, and police detained Shay Denise Young, 48, and Timothy William Kyle, 46.
Police said they seized 18.5 grams of methamphetamine, 10.6 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, several Ecstasy tables, 2.5 grams of THC concentrate and prescription pills. A report notes authorities also found meth pipes, digital scales, plastic baggies and a written ledger showing drug transactions.
Young and Kyle were both indicted on charges of delivery of more than four grams of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony; possession of more than four grams of mushrooms, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison; and possession of more than a gram of THC, a third-degree felony.
Young and Kyle were released from the Brazos County Jail on $32,000 bond on Sept. 22.
• According to College Station police, detectives suspected drug sales were coming from a unit at an apartment complex on Marion Pugh Drive. On March 14, a search warrant was executed at the apartment, where police spoke with 25-year-old Joseph Walter McGinnis and 23-year-old Alexandria Nicole McRae.
A police report states authorities found 14.2 grams of Xanax in McGinnis’ pocket, and 248 grams of Xanax, 1.9 grams of cocaine, 24 grams of THC wax, nine grams of THC stored in one-gram cartridges and 166 grams of psilocybin mushrooms in the couple’s bedroom. A digital scale with THC residue also was located, police said.
McGinnis took responsibility for the drugs and said he sells the narcotics. McRae confirmed she sold Xanax, officials said.
McRae and McGinnis were indicted on a charge of delivery of more than 200 grams of Xanax, a first-degree felony. McGinnis was also indicted on charges of delivery of THC and delivery of hallucinogenic mushrooms, both first-degree felonies, and delivery of cocaine, a second-degree felony.
McRae remains in the Brazos County Jail on $60,000 bond, while McGinnis was released April 10 on $135,000 bond.