LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After a Lufkin woman showed up at an eviction hearing Friday morning, an Angelia County constable arrested her for four outstanding misdemeanor traffic warrants.
However, her trouble with the law went from bad to worse when she was getting booked into the Angelina County Jail.
A search of her purse revealed a brown prescription bottle containing a plastic bag with about 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, and a marijuana grinder box, according to Pct. 1 Constable Tom Selman.
Billie Joe Dowdy, 30, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance - meth charge, a Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge, and four misdemeanor traffic warrants. Collectively, her bail has been set at $7,000.
Selman said that Dowdy, a tenant at the Tidwell Trailer Park on Ricks Road, showed up for an eviction hearing in Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Billy Ball's courtroom. She was the defendant in the eviction proceeding.
Once the eviction hearing wrapped up, Selman arrested her on the four outstanding misdemeanor traffic warrants. During the book-in process, the drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in Dowdy's purse, Selman said. The crystal-like substance found in the pill bottle test positive as meth, according to the constable.
Selman said his office had received reports from other residents of the trailer park that Dowdy was dealing drugs there.