HPD officer arrested on meth charge

Officer James Daniel Norman is charged felony possession of methamphetamine.

HOUSTON – A Houston police officer is off the streets and fighting for his freedom after investigators say he was caught in a drug sting put on by his own department.

Officer James Daniel Norman is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.

An HPD spokesman says Norman, a 5-year veteran of the department, has been relieved of duty with pay, pending the outcome an internal affairs investigation into criminal allegations.

According to court records, an undercover investigator paid Norman’s roommate at Yorktown Apartments $1,200 for 59 grams of meth earlier this month.

The roommate was arrested, and Norman was detained by fellow officers.

According to a criminal complaint, investigators say Norman admitted the apartment was his and that he knew there were drugs inside. This, police say, despite the fact Norman was paid to protect the apartment complex as an HPD extra job.

But the confessions didn’t stop there.

Officers say the 34-year-old admitted smoking meth and using GHB earlier that same day. Houston police then got a search warrant for the apartment.

Inside, court records show investigators found 11 grams of meth, along with oxycodone, hydrocodone, marijuana and other prescription pills.

An HPD spokesman says because of the ongoing internal affairs investigation, the department couldn’t comment on the arrest.

Norman’s defense attorney did not return a phone call. The officer is free on bond and scheduled for court next month.


Former Baker police officer arrested for obtaining fraudulent prescriptions

April 11, 2017 1:17 PM, Source: WBRZ, By: Jeremy Krail
Photo: EBRSO

BAKER – A former Baker police officer was arrested Tuesday after deputies say he illegally obtained prescriptions for controlled substances from multiple doctors.

According to arrest records, two officers contacted a pharmacy on Plank Road in Dec. 2016 in reference to a customer who was allegedly obtaining controlled dangerous substances with fraudulent subscriptions. During the investigation, the officers were approached by 30-year-old Ryan Lowe, who identified himself as a Baker police officer.

After asking to speak to the officers in private, Lowe explained that he was a neighbor of the man under investigation for fraudulently obtaining the drugs. Lowe also admitted that he had previously given Tylenol 3, a prescription painkiller, to his neighbor.

The officers informed Lowe that giving the medication to his neighbor was illegal. Investigators then applied for a search warrant for Lowe’s prescription monitoring program report.

Investigators say Lowe had simultaneously received prescriptions from two separate doctors. His report also indicated that Lowe had not been prescribed the aforementioned Tylenol 3 in the past year.

From June 2016 to Nov. 2016, Lowe had received 690 dosage units of Adderall, 720 dosage units of Hydrocodone, 240 dosage units Oxycodone, and 30 dosage units of Vyvanse from the two doctors.

In March, the officers contacted the two doctors and both said they were not aware that Lowe was receiving prescriptions from multiple sources. An arrest warrant was then issued for Lowe.

According to the Baker Police Chief, Lowe had resigned from his position in the Baker Police Department earlier in 2017.

Lowe was arrested and charged with 16 counts of “doctor shopping.”