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January 3, 2013

Three arrested for drugs after traffic stops

PALESTINE — A trio of suspects remain in the Anderson County jail after Deputy Johnny Gordon arrested the three during two separate traffic stops on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The first arrests, occurring at 11:32 p.m. Tuesday, occurred after Gordon stopped a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck for a broken headlight and swerving while traveling on U.S. 287 south towards Elkhart.

“During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers found 2.3 grams of what field tested positive for methamphetamine between the seats,” Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said. “They also found a small amount of marijuana.”

The driver of the pickup, Morgan Leigh O’Boyle, 20, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance-PG1, 1-4 grams ($15,000 bond); Possession of Marijuana, less than two grams ($3,500 bond);  traffic offenses ($207 in fines) and for an outstanding probation warrant in Hunt County.

The passenger, James Robert Smith, also was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance-PG1, 1-4 grams ($15,000 bond);  Possession of Marijuana, less than two grams ($3,500 bond); and for Tampering with Physical Evidence.

“When he was taken out of the car and searched, (Smith) tried to throw the marijuana from his person,” Taylor said about the tampering charge.

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At 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, Deputy Gordon stopped another vehicle, a green S-10 pickup on Crockett Road near the Donut Palace, for failure to signal.

“He recognized the driver as one who did not have a driver’s license,” Taylor said. “And the failure to signal was likely because he was attempting to evade the deputy.”

During a search of his person, suspect Thomas Jason Henderson attempted to toss a baggie of narcotics, which field tested positive for methamphetamine. A search of his vehicle uncovered drug paraphernalia, including a meth pipe and a used syringe.

“He had about 1.9 grams of meth on him,” the sheriff said.

Henderson remains in jail on the charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Driving with License Invalid and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

No bond has been set yet.

“Deputy Gordon did a good job of recognizing the suspects and making the arrests,” Taylor said. “I appreciate the hard work that he does.”

Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com

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