ETX man gets 5 years for meth possession during traffic stop

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 2:41pm

An East Texas man will spend the next five years behind bars after he was caught with meth during a routine traffic stop.

On November 19, Lloyd Dwight Stephens, 48, of Chatfield, Texas, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for possession of methamphetamine and tampering with evidence. Judge Mark Calhoon of the 3rd Judicial District Court sentenced Stephens.

Stephens was arrested in January after being pulled over by a sheriff's’s deputy for a traffic violation. The deputy Robertson stopped Stephens in Seven Points on State Highway 274.

According to the police report, as the deputy was approaching Stephens’ vehicle on foot to issue a citation, he appeared very nervous and was clutching something in his left hand. Several empty plastic baggies were seen inside the vehicle as Stephens was retrieving his wallet.

As Stephens was getting his license from his wallet, he kept his left hand clenched. The deputy began questioning Stephens about his criminal history and learned he was on parole and had been arrested numerous times in the past for possession charges.

After more conversation, the deputy asked Stephens to empty his left hand. Stephens did place some items from his left hand on the passenger seat, but kept some in his hand.

The deputy asked for consent to search the vehicle. After some hesitation, Stephens agreed but stated that he needed to get some money that he had dropped on the floorboard. After reaching down on the floorboard with his left hand, the deputy shined his flashlight on the area Stephens reached and noticed a partially chewed plastic baggie with white residue inside still wet with saliva.

Stephens was read his rights and questioned about the baggie. Stephens then admitted it contained methamphetamine. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.

Assistant D.A. Bridget prosecuted the case on behalf of Scott McKee’s District Attorney’s Office.

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