Early Sunday morning traffic stop nets bundles of diet pills

By FAITH  HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov 11, 2007 - An early morning traffic stop Sunday resulted in a West Virginia man going to jail on controlled substance charges after seven bundles of diet pills were found in his van. The suspect also is alleged to have tried to bribe an officer by offering cash if he would “let him go,” but no charges were filed related to the bribe.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper David Reynolds at 1:49 a.m. Sunday initiated at traffic stop at the 129 mile marker on Interstate 30 on a Chrysler Town & Country for speeding. 

The driver was identified as Phillip Eugene Wells, 60, of Middlebourne, W.Va. A routine records check showed Wells to have been driving despite the fact that his license is suspended. He also “displayed indicators of criminal history” which lead to the trooper questioning him further, according to arrest reports.

Wells admitted to Reynolds that he had illegal medication concealed in the van. A probable cause search resulted in seven bundles of what appeared to be illegal diet pills that contained ‘amphetamine-base’ being located in the vehicle.

The West Virginia man then attempted to give the trooper “$4,000 to let him go,” Reynolds noted on Wells’ arrest report. At that point, Wells was arrested for the driver’s license charge and possession of a controlled substance. 

The seven bundles of diet pills were seized as evidence, noted to contain a total of about 1,000 pills, resulting in the second degree felony charge; Wells was taken to jail. The seven bundles were found to contain approximately 1,000 pills, which make the controlled substance charge a second-degree felony offense, as it came out to be between 200 and 400 grams of the amphetamine, according to reports.

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