A routine traffic stop in Texas on the afternoon of April 6 led to the discovery of 14 pounds of marijuana along with quantities of ecstasy and the opioids Hydrocodone and Oxycodone according to a report from the Nacogdoches Police Department. A 26-year-old Mississippi man has been taken into custody in connection with the drug haul. Initial reports indicate that the man was being detained at the Nacogdoches County Jail.
According to police, the man’s vehicle was pulled over for an undisclosed traffic violation on Northwest Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches at approximately 4:41 p.m. Reports suggest that the officer involved became suspicious after detecting the odor of marijuana while interviewing the man. The officer is then said to have conducted a probable cause search based on this odor that led to the discovery of significant quantities of drugs and a Glock semiautomatic handgun.
The man faces a count of felony drug possession in the second degree, three counts of felony drug possession in the third degree and a Class A misdemeanor weapons charge. He is said to have admitted to police that the gun and drugs belonged to him after being advised of his right to remain silent and consult with an attorney.
Individuals facing serious drug charges may feel that complete candor is advisable when the evidence against them seems overwhelming, but experienced criminal defense attorneys may urge them to make no admissions, confessions or incriminating statements until they have spoken with a lawyer. While attorneys may sometimes encourage their clients to cooperate with law enforcement or prosecutors, they could seek a reduction in the charges or a more lenient sentencing recommendation in return for this cooperation.
Source: KTRE 9 News, “Nacogdoches PD traffic stop results in felony drug arrest, seizure of 14 lbs. of weed, gun”, Gary Bass, April 9, 2018