NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested a 27-year-old Memphis, Tennessee man on numerous felony drug charges early Tuesday morning after a traffic stop on South Street.
The man also allegedly ran from the deputies after they searched him and his vehicle and found illegal narcotics, according to the affidavit.
Joe L. Harper II, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on two first-degree felony manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, a third-degree possession of a controlled substance between 28 and 200 grams charge, a third-degree felony prohibited substance in a correctional facility charge, a state-jail felony possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram charge, a state-jail felony evading arrest with a previous conviction charge, and a Class B. misdemeanor failure to identify charge.
His bail amount has been set at $196,500.
According to the arrest affidavit, an NCSO deputy stopped a vehicle on South Street because it didn't have a rear license plate. When the deputy went to talk to the driver, he noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the driver's side window.
The driver got out of the car when the NCSO deputy told him to do so, and the deputy noticed that the car did have temporary paper tags from Tennessee in the back window. After the driver refused to give the deputy consent to search the vehicle, the deputy asked Hall, the rear passenger to get out of the car. At the time, he identified himself as Ladarius Murphy, 24.
When the NCSO deputy searched the man, he found a clear plastic baggie that had a powder residue in it. According to the affidavit, the man admitted to smoking marijuana before the traffic stop and added that the weed had been in the baggie.
Later, the NCSO deputy learned that the man's real name was Hall, and he did a probable cause search on the vehicle. A purple beverage bottle containing what was believed to be codeine was found in the back passenger door near where Hall had been sitting, the affidavit stated.
The deputy also found a prescription bottle marked "Promethazine w/Codiene" under the driver's seat, the affidavit stated.
After the NCSO deputy told Hall to walk to his patrol unit, the man ran away from law enforcement by running across U.S. Highway 59 South. Two NCSO deputies chased Hall down and put him in the back of a patrol unit after they cuffed him.
Once the deputy had dropped Hall off at the county jail, he checked the back seat of his patrol unit. He found two large black objects and a silver container in the floor near where Hall had been sitting.
One object contained a powdery substance that field-tested positive for heroin and weighed about 165 grams, including the packaging, the affidavit stated. The other allegedly contained a large number of multi-colored pills that field-tested positive as Ecstasy. The pills and their packaging weighed about 110 grams.
The silver container had an Ecstasy pill, two oxycodone pills, three pieces of foil, and a clear plastic baggie containing what was believed to be heroin.
Hall was found to have a previous conviction for evading arrest with a vehicle.
According to the affidavit, Hall was warned that if he had anything else hidden on him, it would be an extra charge if he walked into the jail with it. Hall said that he understood.
However, when jail staff members searched him, they found a small plastic baggie in his underwear that contained a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana.