Traffic stop yields 2 pounds of 'ice' meth, cash, electronics, two arrests
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Dec. 30, 2005 -- Hopkins County sheriff's deputies, assisted by state troopers, arrested two people on felony narcotics manufacture and delivery charges after finding 2 pounds of ice methamphetamine in the rental car they were traveling in late Thursday night.

Officers also seized more than $5,000 in cash and more than $1,000 worth of electronics, according to Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigator Jace Anglin.

Cpl. Eddie Moon stopped Keith Eugene Decker, 45, of Benbrook at 11:48 p.m. at the 127 mile marker on Interstate 30 east for committing a traffic violation in a rented Lincoln Town Car.

Speaking with Decker and the passenger, 36-year-old Brenda Kay Jones of Arlington, Moon noted them to exhibit signs of excessive nervousness. He also reported Decker and Jones gave "severely" conflicting stories.

State Trooper Trent Price arrived as back up while communications operators conducted a background check on the out-of-town pair. The computer check showed Decker to be wanted in Tarrant County on felony warrants for forgery of a government instrument and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, as well as unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Moon asked Decker permission to search the car. When Decker refused the request, Moon retrieved his canine partner, Jack, from his patrol vehicle and conducted a search around the perimeter of the vehicle.

Jack alerted on the trunk of the car, where the officers located a relatively large bag containing about 1 pound of ice methamphetamine. The officers then conducted a search within the vehicle, locating another bag containing about a pound of ice meth in the glove box. Numerous items of drug paraphernalia were also located in the vehicle.

Both Decker and Jones were charged with manufacture or deliver of 2 pounds, or 864 grams, of the controlled substance.  

An inventory of the vehicle also turned up $5,020 cash and more than a $1,000 worth of electronics, including a large surround sound system, which the sheriff's officer seized.

Both Decker and Jones remained in the county jail just before noon Friday in lieu of $100,000 bond each on the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance charge.

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