Kirbyville traffic stop yields drugs, guns

Items seized in a Kirbyville traffic stop

A traffic stop in Kirbyville landed three people in jail after just over 40 grams of methamphetamine and guns were found, according to Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman

Newman said it all started about 2 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 10, when Deputy Christian Villiasana noticed a moving violation. According to press release from the sheriff’s office, the deputy stopped the vehicle and met with the driver, who is from Conroe. Of the two other occupants in the vehicle, one was a man from Houston while the other was a woman from Kirbyville.

The deputy summoned the assistance of on-duty Supervisor Sergeant Matt Ortego and Deputy Alex Williams, along with Kirbyville Police Department Officer Barry Laird.

The deputy, reporting that the driver seemed nervous, asked for consent to search the vehicle. The driver refused and the City of Newton Police Department narcotics K-9 was summoned to the scene. Once K-9 handler Herb Kelly and Zeus arrived on scene, the K-9 alerted on the vehicle.

A vehicle search was conducted, during which a large amount of methamphetamine was located, the press release said. Also during the search, two firearms were located inside the vehicle. One of the firearms was a sawed-off, double barrel shotgun, classified as a prohibited weapon due to its short barrel not meeting the length requirements set fourth by Texas law.

All three suspects were arrested and brought to the Jasper County Correctional Facility. Their names are not being released at this time as formal charges are still pending.