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Federal authorities spotted serving warrant at south Abilene business

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:57:31 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 11 2013 09:13:28 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

A south Abilene business was packed with federal investigators and local police Thursday.

The unmarked business is located within Suite A at 153 Tannehill Drive. Federal officers with the U.S. Treasury Department were on the scene and Abilene police said they had been called to assist the IRS.

KTXS tried to obtain a copy of the search warrant Friday for the Tannehill Drive business from the federal courthouse located on Pine Street; however, court officials said they cannot confirm or deny the investigation and the search warrant would not be public record.

A 46-year-old man, Robert Williams, was arrested at the scene; however, police said he was jailed on a marijuana possession charge. According to APD Public Information Officer George Spindler, “Williams was at the location sleeping in a room with the owner’s knowledge and permission. Marijuana smoking pipes and a usable amount of marijuana was observed in plain sight in the room where Williams and his personal items were located. He told the agents the marijuana was his.” Spindler said Williams also had an outstanding municipal warrant.

A spokeswoman with the real estate company that rents out the suite said she cannot disclose the name of the renter; however, she could say the space had been rented out to a cleaning company in a private contract.

People from neighboring businesses told KTXS they frequently saw late-night activity at the business lasting for several hours and have heard the suite is a gambling venue--federal authorities did not confirm anything about the ongoing investigation.