Robert William Sanders

Calhoun County Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens executed a search warrant Friday morning and arrested a Seadrift man on 16 charges.

TPW led a multi-agency law enforcement execution of the search warrant on Robert William Sanders III’s property in Seadrift. According to a press release, game wardens were targeting illegal wildlife contraband and narcotics.

The release said the game wardens had been closely monitoring the resident. After the search was completed, five fish shocking devices, numerous controlled substances, firearms/suppressors, and alligator skulls were seized.

Sanders, 41, of Seadrift was charged with the following:

• three counts of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance greater than or equal to four grams but less than 400 grams

• manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance greater or equal to 28 grams but less than 200 grams

• manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance greater or equal to one gram but less than four grams

• five counts of manufacturing a dangerous drug

• manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance less than 28 grams

• five counts of possession of an electric shock device within half a mile of a public walkway

Game Warden Chelsea Bailey explained that it is difficult to catch people with the shocking device due to its small size. She said they are about the size of a tobacco can.

She further explained that people use the device to cheat to get fish.

“They will hook it up to a battery or a device that will give them charge, then put it in the water, which causes the fish to get shocked and float to the top of the water. Then they get a net and scoop them up. It is a way to cheat to get fish,” Bailey said.

Sanders was booked into Calhoun County Jail and released one day later on a bond of $77,000.