NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrested a 19-year-old Nacogdoches man on a tampering with evidence charge after the man tried to hide marijuana in his mouth with chewing tobacco on Tuesday.
Shane Nathan Billey is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a third-degree felony tampering with or fabricating evidence charge and a Class B possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces charge. No bail amounts are show on the jail web site.
According to the arrest affidavit, the DPS trooper was traveling south on U.S. Highway 59 on a routine patrol when he made a traffic stop on a white 2001 Chevrolet Impala driven by Billey.
When the DPS trooper made contact with Billey, he had the man get out of his car, so he could hear him better over the traffic noise, the affidavit stated. When Billey got out of his car, the DPS trooper noticed a green, leafy substance on his shirt, the affidavit stated.
In the affidavit, the trooper said as a result of his experience and training, he recognized the substance as marijuana. The DPS trooper also noticed that Billey had chewing tobacco in his left cheek.
At that point, the DPS trooper had Billey spit the tobacco out and open his mouth, the affidavit stated. Then the DPS trooper noticed what he knew to be marijuana in the back of Billey's mouth, the affidavit stated.
After Billey was taken into custody for tampering with evidence, the DPS trooper had the passenger in the Impala get out, so he could conduct a search. During the search, the trooper found marijuana in the car's radio holder, the affidavit stated.
Billey was arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail.