What was suspected to be a shoplifting turned into an unexpected drugs and weapons bust for Madisonville Police Det. Adam Russell.
Russell said he was at Crossroads Market Feb. 17, around 5:30 p.m., when he saw a man coming out of the store with a blue item sticking out of his pants. Thinking the item might have been shoplifted, Russell watched the man get into the passenger side a gold Tacoma truck.
Russell followed the truck and ran a check on the tag, showing the tag and truck didn’t match. Russell then pulled the truck over and found the passenger to be Bret Laney.
When told why Russell was talking to him, Laney reportedly admitted to stealing a lighter gas refill cartridge. Laney was then searched by Det. David Wear and the search allegedly turned up a loaded .38 pistol, scales, a grinder and 100 unused baggies.
While Laney was being searched, Russell asked the driver of the car if he could search the truck. The driver said he could and Russell reportedly found a large baggie inside with a green, leafy substance in it, a second baggie with a crystal substance in it and several blue pills.
Russell said he read Laney his rights and Laney allegedly admitted all the stuff in the truck was his and that he was selling meth for $50-$60 a gram and Xanax pills for $4 each. He said he didn’t have a prescription for the pills and the marijuana was for his personal use.
Laney, 22, Big Creek Road, Madisonville, was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of meth for resale, possession of Xanax for resale, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and shoplifting.