Drug bust at Lumberton Whataburger

Cole Jesse Sinclair

Feb. 3 at 11:07 p.m., Lumberton Police officers were called to Whataburger, 401 N Main St., in reference to a possible intoxicated driver, Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins reported Feb. 6.

The officers found the vehicle, a black four door passenger car, at the drive through at Whataburger, and reported the driver was inside with a large pitbull dog.

The driver rolled up the windows and locked the doors. The driver was ordered to exit the vehicle, but he refused. The officers were able to smell a strong odor of marijuana when they approached the vehicle, but the driver continued to be non-compliant with the officers.

Other officers responded, and one officer used a baton to break the front passenger window. The driver then came out of the vehicle on his own.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and patted down the subject for weapons. Officers found a pill bottle in his right front pants pocket containing no label. Inside the pill bottle was 11 individually bagged 30 mg morphine tablets. There were 44 morphine tablets total, as well as one Viagra.

The subject was identified as Cole Jesse Sinclair, 24, of Nederland.

He was the sole person in the car.

Animal control was called to come take possession of the dog and they did an inventory of the vehicle. They found 8 Xanax bars and also found a baggie of marijuana inside the vehicle as well as a marijuana grinder and scales used for weighing narcotics.

The morphine weighed a total of 19.2 grams, the Viagra weighed .9 grams, the Xanax 2.3 grams, and marijuana .4 ounces.

Four charges were filed in this case: manufacture or deliver of a controlled substance greater than 4 grams but less than 200 grams, a first-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, less than 2 ounces, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of a dangerous drug, a Class A misdemeanor.

He was transported to the Hardin County Jail, where he was booked on those four charges.