Jasper County K-9 finds big bag of meth during traffic stop

Deputy Christian Villasana and Baron

A Jasper County deputy arrested one man after a K-9 deputy discovered a large quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office reports.

According to a news release from Chief Deputy Glenn Blank, on Aug. 17, K-9 handler Deputy Christian Villasana conducted a traffic stop on Highway 105 near County Road 883, also known as Thomas Road, in Evadale. As Deputy Villasana spoke with the driver and the two occupants inside the vehicle, he reportedly noticed the driver and the passengers appeared to be nervous. After receiving consent to search the vehicle, Villasana was joined at the scene by Sergeant Matt Ortego, who assisted in the search. During the vehicular search, the deputies located empty syringes and other drug paraphernalia, “normally used to inject methamphetamine,” Jasper County reports.

Chief Blank said that after the search of the vehicle, deputies were informed that one of the passengers had thrown a fireproof lock box out of the window after spotting the officer’s patrol vehicle. Upon questioning, the vehicle occupants gave police the approximate location of the discarded lock box.

After a brief search with assistance from K-9 unit Baron, the deputies located the lock box on the side of the roadway on County Road 883. Deputies confiscated the box and its key, which was allegedly attached to a male occupant’s key ring that he had hanging from his pants.

The male suspect reportedly admitted to law enforcement he had narcotics inside the box and confessed the box belonged to him. Once the deputies established probable cause to enter the box, they opened the container and discovered a large amount of crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine inside a baggie within the box, along with a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia used to distribute the narcotics.

The male subject was taken into custody and transported to the Jasper County Jail, where he was charged with first-degree felony manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group 1.

According to the Chief Blank, the suspect’s identity is being withheld as formal charges are pending.