A 26-year-old Lufkin woman who was arrested in a big drug bust in Diboll and allegedly posted nude photos of her ex-husband's current girlfriend on Facebook accepted a plea bargain deal of 10 years of deferred adjudication Wednesday.
Tiffany Nicole Alexander is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams.
Alexander appeared in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court for a plea hearing Wednesday morning.
The court dismissed the felony improper photography or visual recording charge in light of the fact that that a court of appeals said the law is unconstitutional in 2014. John Tunnels, Alexander's defense attorney, said the court said the law was too broad when it made that ruling.
As part of the plea deal, Alexander pleaded guilty to the drug possession charge. She will be required to serve 10 years of deferred adjudication, which is similar to probation. She will also have to pay a $1,000 fine.
As part of the deal, Alexander is banned from having any contact with the victims or those who were with her at the time of her drug arrest and will have limitations on her cell phone.
Alexander also pleaded guilty to a second drug possession charge that she has not been indicted for in the hearing. She waived her right to an indictment in that case and pleaded guilty to that charge as well.
Alexander is having any contact with the victims in that case, and she will be required to enter a treatment facility in Kaufman.
As part of the plea deal on the second drug possession charge, Alexander will serve five years of deferred adjudication concurrently, or at the same time, with the first sentence.
According to the arrest affidavit obtained by the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, the ACSO detective that took over the case spoke to the deputy that took the victim's statement on Jan. 29, 2015.
The victim told the deputy that Alexander, her boyfriend's ex-wife somehow managed to obtain nude photos of her and posted them on Facebook. The deputy took screenshots of the postings and entered them into evidence, the affidavit stated.
In addition, the affidavit stated that Alexander posted the photos on her Facebook page with the tagline "[expletive] for sale" above the pictures. The ACSO detective also noted in the affidavit that the Facebook posting was made during a time when Alexander and her ex-husband were arguing over custody of their children.
Alexander was arrested on the first-degree drug possession charge after a traffic stop in Diboll in November of 2015. The traffic stop, which was conducted by Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputies, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, and Diboll Police Department officers Friday resulted in three felony drug-related arrests and the seizure of methamphetamine and several guns.
In addition to Alexander, Richard Jewell Harris, and Nicholas Dwayne Baker were also arrested.
Harris was charged with first-degree felony burglary of a habitation, first-degree felony capias for burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit another felony, second-degree felony capias charge impeding breath/circulation, a third-degree felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, felony parole violation, and Class A misdemeanor possession of a prohibited weapon.
Nicholas Dwayne Baker, 27, of Rusk, was arrested and charged with second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of state-jail felony possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram, state-jail felony burglary of a building, and two misdemeanor traffic charges.
Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said that officers from the three law enforcement agencies made the traffic stop on Harris' car on US Highway 59 near the Diboll Depot gas station. Sanches said they acted on DPS information that a wanted subject had been seen driving in the area.
Sanches said Harris was wanted on numerous felony warrants, and that, at the time of the traffic stop, Harris was believed to be armed and dangerous. Alexander and Baker, who were passengers in Harris' vehicle were both arrested on outstanding warrants.
Meth and several pistols were seized as a result of the traffic stop, and Sanches said additional charges are pending.