KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
February 25, 2020
By Jennifer Miko
The Fort Bend County Constable's Office reported two separate cases in Katy where suspects were arrested for possession of illegal substances and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Pictured (left to right): Cameron Beckwith, Lane Johnson, and Ali Jamil Zubair-Tariq
Cinco Ranch Arrests
Around 6:45 p.m. on Friday, February 21, an off-duty Sheriff’s Office Deputy noticed suspicious vehicles in the southwest parking garage at LaCenterra. The deputy was working an extra job at the Cinco Ranch shopping center. He was checking the area due to reports of several recent burglaries of motor vehicles, thefts, drug transactions and other illicit activities. The deputy observed a small car and white truck changing parking spots several times.
When he checked the west garage around 8:15 p.m., both vehicles had returned and parked side by side. The deputy then advised dispatch about the suspicious vehicles and their occupants. Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable Deputy J. Urdaneta and Deputy Markovsky responded and took over the investigation.
The three suspects had 4 ounces of marijuana, a firearm (.22 caliber Heritage Arms Revolver), and $1430 in their possession which the officers recovered and took into evidence.
“During the investigation, it was discovered the suspects all met for a drug transaction,” Lieutenant Veronica Martin of the Fort Bend County Constable’s Office said. “Although this incident occurred on a Friday night after school hours, it is highly possible these individuals frequent the location and target anyone who they come in contact with.”
None of the suspects had prior arrests. Cameron Beckwith, 22, of Friendswood, and Lane Johnson, 19, of Bryan were both charged with Delivery of Marijuana and Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon. Makinzie Stratman, 19, of Fulshear, was charged with Possession of Marijuana.
Routine Traffic Stop
On Friday, February 21, Fort Bend County Constable Precinct 3 Deputy Vaughn pulled over a vehicle at Fry Road and 99 for failure to signal. During the investigation, Deputy Vaughn learned the suspect was on federal parole for Aggravated Robbery. Ali Jamil Zubair-Tariq, 33, of Houston, had been arrested for multiple evading, resisting arrest and possession of controlled substances in the past.
Upon inspection of the vehicle, Deputy Vaughn located a loaded firearm, Taurus 9mm, a clear glass pipe with a brown crystalized substance in the bowl of the pipe, a clear plastic syringe with a brown liquid loaded in the syringe and a clear plastic baggie containing a white crystal-like substance.
The brown liquid and white crystal substance tested positive for methamphetamine based on a presumptive methamphetamine field test kit.
Zubair-Tariq was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon, both felonies. The total weight of the controlled substance was 4.5 grams.
“We are dedicated and will remain dedicated to taking illegal drugs, illegal firearms and any persons involved in illegal activities off the streets,” says Lieutenant Martin. “Our mission at Precinct 3 is to keep our community safe. In doing so, we will utilize every resource available to us and necessary to accomplish our mission.”