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Flashlight Leads to Meth Bust


By Will Johnson

Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – A truck driver had to give up the funk after he was busted by officers with the Crockett Police Department for hiding methamphetamine in his flashlight.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Gary Wayne Wright, 62, was pulled over for speeding near the intersection of Loop 304 and U.S. Hwy 287 at approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.

CPD Corporal Jeffery Dean was on patrol when he clocked Wright’s 2013 Freightliner Tractor Truck going 68 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. Dean wheeled his patrol unit around, activated his emergency overhead lights and pulled over Wright, the affidavit indicated.

Once Dean made contact with Wright, he asked him to step to the rear of the truck “… to avoid any safety issues presented due to the area of the traffic stop and the size of the vehicle he was operating. While speaking with Wright, I saw he was extremely nervous in appearance,” the probable cause document stated.

Dean reported Wright was kept putting his hands in his pockets, making exaggerated movements, speaking fast and sweating profusely.

“Wright continued to reach in his pockets while speaking with me and making more furtive movements that led me to believe he could possibly have used narcotics recently, namely methamphetamine. Wright appeared to be unable to stand still at times, continuing to make many movements, rocking his body from side to side, as I continued to speak with him,” Dean stated in the affidavit.

As Dean questioned Wright about the reason for his speeding, Wright explained he was on his way to Grapeland to give his wife his paycheck before going to Houston and then on to Laredo.

After Wright lied to Dean about his criminal history, the law enforcement official asked for and received consent to search the big rig.

“During my (Dean’s) search, I located a small, blue in color flashlight in a compartment above said vehicle’s driver seat. Hidden inside of the flashlight was what appeared to be a plastic bag containing a small amount of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine,” the affidavit stated.

Wright was detained and under further questioning, he admitted to having more meth in his wallet. Dean “… located two more plastic baggies containing a crystal-like substance, believed to be methamphetamine. After said narcotics were collected, said narcotics were later weighed, totaling 1.6 grams,” the report stated.

The truck driver was transported to the Houston County Jail, where he was booked into custody on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, penalty group one, in an amount greater than or equal to one gram but less than four grams, a third degree felony.

According to Section 12.34 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

Wright posted a $10,000 bond on Monday and was released pending further legal actions.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.

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