The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

July 18, 2013

Fort Worth man jailed for drugs during traffic stop

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — A Fort Worth man remains in the Anderson County jail Wednesday after an early morning traffic stop led to his arrest for drug-related charges in south Palestine.

According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, the suspect Ryan Thomas Bepko, 33, was stopped by ACSO deputy Herman Linam just after midnight Wednesday on Palestine’s South Loop 256 near Walgreen’s.

“Dep. Linam saw that the tail lights were out on the vehicle, a white Ford work truck, and pulled the driver over,” Taylor said. “Both Bepko (the driver) and a female passenger appeared to be extremely nervous.”

According to reports, Linam was going to write a warning for the tail lights, but after speaking to the suspect, he gained permission to search the vehicle.

“On the driver’s side of the vehicle, the deputy found what field tested to be 2.5 grams of methamphetamine in a clear, plastic baggie,” Taylor said. “He also found .7 grams of meth in an unsmoked pipe on the driver’s side of the vehicle.”

Bepko, the sheriff said, has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-PG1, 1-4 grams, which is a third degree felony. No bond had been set on the suspect as of Wednesday.

The passenger in the vehicle, a 17-year-old white female, was released at the scene.

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