A Hamilton man was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly planning to peddle methamphetamine to Erath County residents.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jan Wesley Manley, 46, at a local convenience store just minutes after receiving a tip that the suspect was on his way to the area to sell the drug.

Sheriff Tommy Bryant said investigators received a tip from an out on town informant that Manley was headed to Stephenville for a drug transaction.

“This informant gave us some really good information,” Bryant said. “We had a description of the vehicle and a description of the suspect.”

Bryant said within minutes of receiving the tip, Sgt. Jim Clifton and Deputy Tish Lecroy spotted the suspect and approached him.

“When they made contact with the suspect he was acting very agitated and was pacing back and forth,” Bryant said.

During a search of the suspect’s 2004 Chrysler Sebring, authorities found an estimated two grams of meth and drug paraphernalia.

Manley was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and was held on a $20,000 bond. Bryant

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