Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Clerk caught selling more than sodas
On 11/21/2008 at approximately 8:00 PM, the Drug Enforcement Team (DET) along with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission executed a search inspection and a narcotics search warrant at two different locations within the city of Bryan. The first search was conducted at the Exxon Express Market located at 505 N. Harvey Mitchell Parkway near the intersection of West Villa Maria Road. The objective of the search was to detain one of the on-duty clerks at the store, Rinnie Taylor, DOB: 07/03/77, and to inspect the premises along side agents from TABC. Citizen complaints to the Bryan Police Departmentís Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) spurred the criminal investigation and quality of life issues. These complaints started in May of 2008. Numerous citizens had originally complained to NET that the clerks at the Shell gas station, across W. Villa Maria Road from the Exxon store, were engaging in what appeared to be narcotic transactions. As a consequence of this, quality of life issues such as loud music and loitering were reported as increasing in the parking lots of the convenience stores. Citizens even reported seeing people smoking Marijuana in the parking lot and playing pornographic movies on their in-car DVD screens.
After many months of investigation, the Bryan Police Department discovered that Rinnie Taylor previously worked at the Shell gas station earlier in the year, but was now employed at the Exxon Express Market. Due to the investigation, the Bryan Police Department was able to obtain a search warrant for Rinnie Taylor and his residence at 3300 S. College #F9, the College Court Apartments. Powder Cocaine and Crack-Cocaine were found at both the Exxon store and Taylorís residence. Drug Paraphernalia was also present. Taylor was arrested at the gas station for two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 less than 1 gram and for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His brother, Cody Taylor, DOB: 08/03/79 was arrested at their apartment for Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 in a Drug Free Zone and for an outstanding warrant. Due to Rinnie Taylor being an employee of the Exxon gas station and being arrested, TABC is pursuing administrative charges against the store's alcoholic beverage permit based on the Bryan Police Departmentís investigation.
Officer J.B. James
Bryan Police Department
Public Information Officer
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