A traffic stop by Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office deputies on March 30 resulted in three felony drug arrests and the seizure of 15,000 prescription pills.
All three Houston-area men are still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail.
James Edward Turner, 31, of Houston, Tyrone Trammer, 30, of Houston, and Clarence Davis Winslow II, 34, of Channelview, were each charged with two first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance charges, and two second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance charges. Each man's collective bail amount was set at $400,000.
According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Monday, two NCSO deputies were on patrol on Loop 224 when they spotted a black SUV headed south and noticed that it was traveling at an unsafe distance from the vehicle in front of it. The deputies stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Loop 224 and State Highway 21 West.
When the NCSO deputies made contact with the occupants of the SUV, they noticed that Trammel, who was sitting in the back passenger seat, didn't have a seat belt on, the affidavit stated. After the deputies talked to the three men in the vehicle, they became concerned that there was some kind of criminal activity going on in the vehicle.
One of the NCSO deputies asked for permission to search the SUV, and Winslow, the driver, said no. A Nacogdoches Police Department K-9 officer and his dog were then brought in to do a "fresh air sniff" around the vehicle, and the dog alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle, the affidavit stated.
When the NCSO deputies conducted a probable cause search of the SUV, they found a large quantity of prescription pills in the rear area of the vehicle, the affidavit stated. The deputies found Hydrocodone, Oxycontin, Dextroamphetamine, and Hydromorphone pills, the affidavit stated.
All three men were arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail.