Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Texas: Rosenberg hotel room bust leads to drug, animal cruelty charges for Nathan Lara and Stephanie Harger

TEXAS -- A man and woman were arrested on drug and animal cruelty charges Sunday after officers discovered criminal activity at their Regency Inn hotel room in Rosenberg.

The Rosenberg Police Department said in a release that officers were on the scene May 21 at about 4:23 p.m. to conduct a property check.

In the room where Nathan Lara, 23, and Stephanie Harger, 23, were staying, police allege they found marijuana, synthetic marijuana and cocaine.

Harger told them the room was registered to her and acknowledged that she was in possession of the narcotics.

Also in the room was a female pit bull mix that "appeared to be in distress," police said.

Lara allegedly told police the dog, which has no food or water in the room, had access to the drugs. The dog also had minor injuries to its back and paws.
Lara was charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal.

Both suspects were taken to the Fort Bend County Jail. Lara also had three traffic-related warrants open on him, and his bond was set at $6,200.

Harger was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance 1-4 grams, possession of a controlled substance less than 2 ounces and possession of marijuana. She is in custody at Fort Bend County Jail, where her bail was set at $11,000.

The dog was taken to Rosenberg Animal Control.


(Houston Chronicle - May 23, 2017)

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