LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After Lufkin police officers picked a 35-year-old man up on a theft warrant Thursday night, jailers found a bag of meth hidden in his buttocks when they conducted a strip search at the Angelina County Jail.
Mathew Earl Dale, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County jail on a third-degree felony prohibited substance in a jail or correctional facility and a Class C misdemeanor theft charge. Although his bail has been set at $500 for the theft charge, no bail amount has been set for the felony charge.
According to the Lufkin Police Department's daily activity report, LPD officers were dispatched out to the Walgreen's store located at 1000 W. Frank Avenue at about 7:08 p.m. Thursday to check out a possible theft in progress,
When the LPD officers spoke with Dale, he didn't have any stolen items in his possession. However, he did have an outstanding warrant for theft, so the LPD officers arrested him and took him to the jail.
"At the jail, Dale was asked by a jailer if he had anything illegal on him before the strip search," the activity report stated. "Dale began acting nervous and admitted to having methamphetamine in a bag inside his buttocks"
The report stated that Dale also had a "Motion Picture Money" $100 bill in his wallet, and it was placed into evidence. Dale admitted to jailers that he had it and pointed out the fact that it was a fake bill.