LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A woman who was arrested on a felony drug charge after a traffic stop in Livingston on Tuesday was also charged with tampering with evidence after jail staff allegedly found drug paraphernalia “hidden on her person.”
Erica Hope Case, 37, of Livingston, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams charge, a third-degree felony tampering with evidence with the intent to impair investigation charge, a Class C possession of drug paraphernalia charge, and three Class misdemeanor traffic charges.
No bond amounts have been set for her charges yet.
According to a press release, Livingston PD officers made a traffic stop on a 2006 Ford Explorer in the 400 block of South Washington Avenue. Case was the driver of the SUV.
“During the traffic stop, Officers noticed that Case was acting extremely nervous and was visibly shaking during the traffic stop,” the press release stated. “The investigation continued, and officers were able to locate illegal narcotics in Case’s vehicle that was positively identified as methamphetamines.”
The evidence was recovered from the vehicle, and Case later told the Livingston PD officers that she had drug paraphernalia on her person, the press release stated.
“Case was transported to the Polk County Jail where she was searched, and the evidence Case stated she had on her person was located and collected as evidence,” the press release stated.