LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An investigator with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 28-year-old man Tuesday night after he tried to make a traffic stop on a vehicle, and the driver allegedly tossed a bag of what turned out to be methamphetamine out his passenger-side window.
Juan Miguel Venegas, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a first-degree felony manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams charge, a Class C misdemeanor no driver's license charge, and two Class C misdemeanor failure to maintain financial responsibility charges.
Collectively, Venegas' bail amount was set at $51,238.
According to the arrest affidavit, the LPD investigator saw a blue 1995 Ford coupe cross over a solid white line to change lanes in the middle of a railroad crossing on Timberland Drive at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. He also noticed that the Ford had an expired registration sticker.
At that point, the Lufkin PD investigator tried to get behind the car so, he could make a traffic stop in the 400 block of North Timberland Drive. As he was doing so, he saw the only person in the care throw a clear plastic bag with something in it out of the passenger side window near the entrance to Ray's Drive-In, the affidavit stated.
The LPD investigator contacted dispatch about the tossed baggie and kept following the Ford. He was finally able to pulled the Ford over in the 700 block of North Timberland Drive. The driver was identified as Venegas, and the Lufkin PD investigator immediately took him into custody, the affidavit stated.
A short time later, an LPD officer arrived to take custody of Venegas, so he could go look for the baggie that had been tossed out of the car window. However, as he was about to leave the traffic stop, Precinct 1 Constable Tom Selman pulled up after he had recovered the plastic baggie from the 400 block of North Timberland Drive and gave it to the investigator.
The investigator later field-tested the substance in the baggie, and it tested positive for meth, the affidavit stated. It weighed about 14 grams, and that amount has an estimated street value of about $1,400, the affidavit stated.
When the Lufkin PD investigator searched Venegas' pockets, he found $1,495 in rolled-up cash. The roll contained 1-, 5-,1 0-, 20-, and 100-dollar bills, the affidavit stated. In the affidavit, the LPD investigator said, based on his experience and training, the denominations of the cash, the amount of money, and the amount of meth recovered were consistent with narcotics trafficking.
Later, two Lufkin PD officers spoke to Venegas' mother, and she told them her son does not currently have a job, the affidavit stated.