Affidavit: Trinity man wound up in ER after he swallowed bag of meth during stop

Affidavit: Trinity man wound up in ER after he swallowed bag of meth during stop

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Trinity man who was arrested on a delivery charge in 2014 for selling drugs to a couple that was caught running around naked wound up in a hospital ER after he allegedly swallowed a plastic bag containing about 1.5 grams of meth during a Nov. 2 traffic stop by TCSO sheriff's deputies, according to an arrest affidavit.

Jacob Dean Walker, 44, was arrested and charged with third-degree felony tampering with physical evidence with the intent to impair.

According to an arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Thursday, a Trinity County Sheriff's Office investigator was patrolling the area of Lake L Drive at about 4:59 p.m. on Nov. 2 when he saw a vehicle pull into a home's driveway.

"This residence is known to affiant to be involved in sales of illegal narcotics such as methamphetamine," the affidavit stated.

The TCSO investigator saw Walker get into the passenger side of the vehicle that pulled into the driveway. Later, the investigator made a traffic stop on the vehicle near the entrance of the Westwood Shores subdivision after the driver failed to use the vehicle's turn signals.

As the investigator spoke to the driver, he noticed Walker in the front passenger seat and another man in the back. After the TCSO investigator explained the reason for the traffic stop, he asked for permission to search the vehicle. The driver, Walker's mother, told him no.

At that point, the TCSO investigator called the sheriff's office's K-9 deputy and told him to be en route to the scene, so his dog could do a "free air sniff" of the vehicle. Right before the K-9 deputy arrived on the scene, Walker told his mother to let the investigator search the vehicle, the affidavit stated.

When the K-9 officer got to the scene, his dog alerted on the vehicle, and the deputies did a probable cause search of it. However, they found no illegal drugs in the vehicle, the affidavit stated.

All three of the people in the vehicle were allowed to leave the scene after Walker's mother was given a warning for the traffic violation.

Six days later, the TCSO investigator learned that Walker was taken to the East Texas Medical Center Trinity emergency room within 30 minutes of the traffic stop, and wasn't discharged until a few days later. Walker told ETMC Trinity staff that he swallowed a plastic bag containing about 1.5 grams of meth, so he wouldn't get in trouble with the police, the affidavit stated.

According to the affidavit, the TCSO investigator obtained medical records from ETMC Trinity that show a clear plastic bag containing a whit substance in Walker's stomach. The medical records also show that Walker was hospitalized because he allegedly swallowed the bag of meth.

The November incident wasn't Walker's first brush with the law. In October of 2014, a 911 call about a naked woman knocking on doors led the arrest of Walker, her alleged meth dealer, according to a previous East Texas News story.

At the time, Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace said that dispatch received a 911 call in the morning hours about a naked woman beating on doors on French Road. Deputies responded, but they couldn't find anyone at that time.

Wallace said a second call came an hour later and deputies responded again and found a naked woman sitting in a cedar tree. As they were coaxing her down, dispatchers received another call, this time of a naked man running around and knocking on doors in the same area. Wallace said they were able to round up both naked people, who happened to be in a dating relationship.

"We got them dressed and finally got them to admit they had been on some dope," Wallace said.

Eventually, Wallace convinced the couple to set up another buy with their dealer via text messages. Then he sent two Trinity police officers and an investigator to the house where the buy was supposed to take place.

After Walker showed up at the home, he was arrested and charged with second-degree felony delivery of a controlled substance.

Copyright 2016 KTRE. All rights reserved.