Police find meth in fake Red Bull can during traffic stop

Travis Spencer Smith | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A China man was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Nov. 15 for meth found during a traffic stop, according to court documents.

Travis Spencer Smith, 26, is accused of hiding two bags of meth inside in a fake Red Bull can, known on the street as a stash can.

In a stash can, the top or bottom unscrews to reveal a hidden storage space inside. Possession of these cans is not illegal, but they are often used to conceal drugs.

Smith was stopped by Beaumont Police on Dec. 22, 2016 for going 8 miles over the limit on College Street, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The officer noticed that Smith seemed nervous after pulling over at Jack in the Box. Dispatch advised the officer that Smith had several warrants for his arrest out of Hardin County, the document stated. The officer then handcuffed him and asked permission to search his vehicle, where he found the Red Bull stash can.

Smith was transported to the Jefferson County Jail and charged with possession of methamphetamine, a second degree felony. If convicted, he could face 2 to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

A records search shows that Smith has a previous criminal record, including trafficking drugs in Liberty County in 2013 and felony assault and reckless driving in Oregon in 2009.