Drug arrests

Christopher Paul Brown, left, and Amanda Kaye Claitor

Longview police arrested a man and woman on suspicion of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and other charges Tuesday after responding to a call about a forgery in progress, according to a report.

Christopher Paul Brown, 37, of Huntsville was being held on $37,500 in bonds Wednesday in Gregg County Jail on charges of evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction, manufacture or delivery of 4 grams to 200 grams of a controlled substance and tamper/fabricating physical evidence, jail record show.

Amanda Kaye Claitor, 37, of Hallsville was being held on $27,500 in bonds Wednesday in Gregg County Jail on charges of manufacture or delivery of between 4 grams and 400 grams of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of dangerous drugs, and a no-bond warrant from Upshur County for motion to revoke probation for possession of between 1 gram and 4 grams of a controlled substance, jail records show.

Police arrested Brown at 11:40 a.m. in the 300 block of West Cotton Street after fielding a call about a passenger in a car trying to pass fake money, the report said. Claitor was the driver.

After police stopped the car on Tyler Street, Brown got out and began running on the railroad tracks at Horaney and Tyler streets, the report said.

Brown looked over his shoulder while police pursued him on foot, and threw a black washcloth-sized bag toward the tracks, the report said.

After police apprehended Brown, inside the bag, they found three plastic bags that contained methamphetamine, the report said. They also located a syringe containing an unknown substance on the passenger seat where Brown had been sitting, along with a glass pipe with a crystal substance, scales and a large number of smaller bags.

The crystal substance weighed 54.3 grams, and police recovered four Xanax bars from Brown, according to the report. Brown had previous convictions for evading on March 28, 2005.

Police arrested Claitor at 12:03 p.m. after a background check determined she was wanted on the Upshur County warrant, the report said.

During a search of the car, police found several pipes used for smoking illegal drugs in several bags, luggage and purses behind her seat, according to the report.

Under the seat, police found a black box that contained plastic bags with several pills that included 21.1 grams of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. The box also contained a crucible to crush pills, other bags and one Xanax pill.

The purse behind the driver seat had a prescription bottle that was not prescribed to Claitor and did not contain medication listed on the label, the report stated. The medication was 10 milligrams of cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride and three extended-release aspirin pills.