|Drug, weed arrests highlight weekend|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Feb. 27, 2006 - State troopers and sheriff’s deputies took four in custody over the weekend after finding more than 40 pounds of marijuana each during two separate traffic stops which netted two arrests each.
Deputies also arrested two men during two separate traffic stops on State Highway 19 north after each was found to have small quantities of methamphetamine in their possession.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Trent Price was credited with the first two pot arrests. He stopped Aaron Allen Zigler, 30, of Lewisville for failure to signal a lane change.
A passenger in the car, 25-year-old Jason Christopher Smith of Lewisville, was noted in arrest reports to appear “extremely nervous” and was “evasive about his past criminal history,” which aroused Price’s suspicions that something was amiss.
Price asked for and was given Zigler’s permission to search the vehicle. Both Zigler and Smith also agreed to let officials search their luggage. Upon opening the trunk and luggage, the trooper found 40 pounds of marijuana.
Both Allen and Zigler were arrested for possession of more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds of marijuana. Bond was set at $15,00 each on the third degree felony charge, according to jail reports.
Credit for the second interstate dope bust went to DPS Trooper Brian Worley, and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Cpl. Eddie Moon and canine Jack.
Worley stopped a vehicle around 9 a.m. Sunday on the interstate and, when the two occupants refused to allow him to search the vehicle, contacted Moon to bring his drug dog to search around the vehicle.
Jack gave a positive alert on the trunk, giving the officers probable cause to search. Inside officers reportedly found between 40 and 50 pounds of marijuana.
Worley arrested Kevin Andrew Pack II, 18, and Courtney Nicole Williamson, 17, both of Elkhart, Ind., for possession of more than 5 pounds but less than 40 pounds of marijuana. Both remained in the county jail early Monday awaiting arraignment.
Deputy Daniel Winn also had a busy few mornings, taking in two people for possession of the controlled substance methamphetamine, following traffic stops on State Highway 19 north Sunday and Monday.
Winn arrested Brady Layne Mathews, 17, of Sulphur Springs at 12:28 a.m. Monday on State Highway 19 north at County Road 4761 for possession of a controlled substance.
Mathews was stopped for a defective headlight. Marijuana was detected in the Ford Explorer. A search turned up a small bag with a trace amount of meth inside a wallet in the console according to arrest reports
Winn, along with Sgt. Todd Evans, arrested Sabas Zulaica Jr., 58, of Sulphur Springs at 1:69 a.m. Sunday on State Highway 19 north at FM 71 for possession of a controlled substance. Zulaica was also found to be wanted in Bexar County on outstanding warrants for possession of marijuana and public lewdness.
Zulaica was stopped for a traffic violation and officers found several marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray and a small bag of methamphetamine under the driver’s seat. The vehicle was released to the passenger and Zulaica taken to jail.
The 58-year-old was released from the county jail later Sunday morning after posting bond on all three charges.