Shelby Co. traffic stop results in felony drug arrest

Shelby Co. traffic stop results in felony drug arrest
Michael Harper (Source: Shelby County Jail)
Michael Harper (Source: Shelby County Jail)

SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A traffic stop by Shelby County Sheriff's Office deputies resulted in a felony drug arrest and the seizure of 10.08 grams of meth, scales, cell phones, tablets, butane lighters, a laptop computer, and cash.

Michael Harper, 34, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was booked into the Shelby County Jail Thursday. He was charged with first-degree felony delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance, state-jail felony possession of a controlled substance, and Class C Misdemeanor driving with an invalid license.

According to a press release, two SCSO deputies stopped Harper's vehicle on State Highway 84 inside the Joaquin city limits for not having a rear license plate and no license plate lamps.

When the deputies contacted Harper, he gave them a temporary license tag for the vehicle and his driver's license. One of the deputies ran the tag for the vehicle, and no record of it was found. Harper's license was also found to be invalid, the affidavit stated.

At that point, one of the deputies took Harper into custody and told him that a wrecker was on the way to tow his vehicle. The deputy also told Harper that they would be doing standard inventory on his vehicle, and Harper allegedly became very distraught and demanded a supervisor and an attorney.

While one of the deputies was doing the inventory on Harper's vehicle, he started kicking the windows of the patrol unit he had been placed in, the press release stated. Harper was then placed in leg irons to prevent him from hurting himself or damaging the patrol unit, the affidavit stated.

"During the inventory, [a SCSO deputy] found a clear glass pipe in the console," the press release stated. "A small black carrying case was found in the driver's side floorboard. Inside the bag were numerous baggies containing a crystal-like substance."

The press release stated that field testing showed the substance was methamphetamine. The total weight of the drugs came out to 10.08 grams.

"In the trunk of the vehicle, numerous bags containing clothing and personal care items were found along with scales, cell phones, tablets, butane lighters and a laptop computer," the press release stated. "Harper's wallet also contained numerous credit cards with names of various individuals."

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