FORT WORTH — A Keller school board candidate was arrested after narcotics officers searched his north Fort Worth home Wednesday afternoon and found marijuana, marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia.
The search of David Marlin Besser’s home in the 11600 block of Winding Brook Road was prompted by a tip to police that the 45-year-old man was providing marijuana to teens, according to a Fort Worth police report.
Besser, who served on the school district’s bond committee in 2008, is running against incumbent Cindy Lotton for Place 3 on the Keller school board. The election is Saturday.
Besser was being held in the Mansfield jail Thursday morning on suspicion of possessing under 20 ounces of marijuana, a misdemeanor, with bail set at $500. He was also being held on three traffic warrants out of Wilmer, jail records show.
The tipster also alleged that Besser would host parties at his Woodland Springs subdivision residence for teens and provide them alcohol, the report stated.
“Narcotics investigators received a tip that there was underage drinking and marijuana use at that residence,” said Lt. Paul Henderson, a Fort Worth police spokesman. “That’s what led up to the investigation, which subsequently resulted in a search warrant being executed and the arrest of Besser.”
The report states that two of Besser’s three daughters — ages 9 and 15 — were removed from the home by Child Protective Services due to the living conditions at the home.
“When investigators were inside the residence, they observed dog feces stains on the carpet throughout the residence, as well as fresh and several day old dog feces, including in the childrens’ rooms,” Henderson said.
According to the report, police seized approximately six grams of marijuana, as well as five marijuana plants that were found inside a closet in the home’s master bedroom.
Police also seized smoke pipes, including three glass pipes commonly used to smoke methamphetamine. No methamphetamine was seized, according to the report.
Besser was arrested after he arrived while police were on the scene. “He told police he was there to drop off some campaign signs because he was running for Keller ISD’s Board of Trustees,” Henderson said.
David Besser served on our Citizens Bond Advisory Committee in 2008, which helped develop the 2008 Bond Package. As he is still currently a candidate in the Board of Trustees election, the district has no additional comment.