LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Diboll man has accepted a two-year prison sentence for trying to flush marijuana down a jail toilet while he was being arrested.
Terrell Justin Rogers, 24, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence in Judge Barry Bryan's courtroom Wednesday. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone, accepting a concurrent six-month state jail sentence. Prosecutors in turn dropped a charge of aggravated kidnapping.
According to an arrest report, Rogers was a passenger in a vehicle in May in which an Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputy conducted a traffic stop with on U.S. 59 South, north of Diboll. The deputy ran a check on Rogers, which came back with an outstanding warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. The deputy placed Rogers under arrest.
On the way to the Angelina County Jail, the deputy reported seeing Rogers chewing on something in the back of the car. When they reached the jail and got out of the car, the deputy said Rogers spit something on the ground. When the deputy asked what it was, the deputy reported Rogers replied, "It's weed."
As Rogers was being booked into the Angelina County Jail, the jailers asked Rogers to consent to a strip search, to which he obliged. Jailers brought him to a secured area of the jail and Rogers began taking off his clothes. When he took off his underwear, the jailers reported he pulled a baggie of marijuana out and hurriedly tried to flush it down the toilet.
According to the report, the baggie was too big to be flushed and Rogers tried to push it down the toilet.
According to another previous report, Rogers, was caught on the property of the Diboll Housing Authority, located at 702 South First Street, where he had been warned not to trespass, in November 2010. An officer approached Rogers, who fled on foot into a wooded area.
The officer caught up to him and arrested him.
Police found Rogers to be in possession of marijuana, and because he was within 1,000 feet of a drug-free zone, Walter Allen Park, his possession charge was upgraded to a felony.
Lufkin Police arrested Rogers earlier this month after he was accused of abducting and beating his pregnant girlfriend. Prosecutors dropped the charge of aggravated kidnapping on Tuesday.