A Campbell man was in custody in the Hunt County Detention Center Friday afternoon, after he was arrested by law enforcement officers during a multi-county child pornography investigation.
Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said deputies also discovered a marijuana growing operation inside the home of Ross Allen Aldridge. “Child pornography and marijuana. That’s one of the reasons that I am 100 percent against the legalization of marijuana in the State of Texas.,” Meeks said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.
The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division was reported to have executed a search warrant Thursday in the 200 block of South FM 513 in Campbell, as the result of a joint investigation between the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office.
Meeks said the investigation began when a sergeant investigator with the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, who is also a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, received information of a possible possession of child pornography by an individual at the residence.
Upon entry to the residence deputies found a marijuana grow and obtained a secondary search warrant to seize the marijuana.
Meeks said numerous electronic devices and storage devices that could be used to obtain child pornography were seized from the residence.
Also, several marijuana plants and equipment that were used for the grow operation were seized.
Aldridge, 25, of Campbell was arrested and charged with one count each of possession or promotion of child pornography and possession of between two and four ounces of marijuana, and was being at the jail Friday afternoon in lieu of a total of $35,000 bond.
“I want to thank the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and the Task Force in locating this individual,” Meeks said.