NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department arrested an Arkansas man on a long list of felony and misdemeanor drug charges after they made a traffic stop on his vehicle Thursday night and a search of the vehicle turned up marijuana ecstasy, codeine, and hydrocodone.
The driver of a second vehicle that had been traveling with him to the same location was arrested a short time later by a Timpson Police officer after the woman allegedly dumped cocaine and marijuana in a dumpster.
Shakevia Rhykriyal Caldwell, 24, and Johntario Jovonta Holmes, both of El Dorado, Arkansas, a are still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail. Collectively, Caldwell's bail amount was set at $80,000, and Holmes' collective bail amount was set at $132,500.
Caldwell was charged with first-degree manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than 400 grams, a third-degree tampering with physical evidence charge, and a third-degree possession of marijuana between 5 and 50 pounds charge.
Holmes was charged with first-degree manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than 400 grams, first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance more than 400 grams, a third-degree possession of marijuana between 5 and 50 pounds charge, a third-degree possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams charge, and a possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams charge.
According to the arrest affidavit, a K-9 officer with Nacogdoches PD stopped Holmes' vehicle in the 7500 block of NW Stallings Drive at about 8:03 p.m. Thursday for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, the officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana in the vehicle.
When Nacogdoches PD officers did a probable cause search of the vehicle, they found marijuana, ecstasy, codeine, and hydrocodone, the arrest affidavit stated. After he had been told of his Miranda rights, Holmes allegedly admitted that the narcotics found in the vehicle were his.
Further investigation revealed that another vehicle was traveling with Holmes. According to the affidavit, he knew about the narcotics in the other vehicle, and he arranged for the drugs to be picked up in another city and taken to his hometown.
During the traffic stop, the Nacogdoches PD officers noticed a silver Nissan Pathfinder with Arkansas registration. They also noticed that the driver was a woman, and they put out a "be on the look-out, or BOLO, alert for the vehicle.
A short time later, a Timpson PD officer found Caldwell's vehicle. After further investigation, authorities discovered that Caldwell had dumped cocaine and marijuana in a dumpster "with the intent to impair its availability as evidence for the ongoing narcotics investigation."
Both suspects were arrested and taken to the county jail.