LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - One of two people arrested on meth-related charges following an October 2013 traffic stop on U.S. 59 pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to possession with the intent to distribute.
Stephen Michael Smith, 32, of Pollok, pleaded guilty to the charge earlier this month. Amber Nicole Humphries, 31, of Lufkin, has a plea hearing scheduled for Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Both suspects were indicted on the charge back in April. If they are convicted on the drug charge, they each face five to 40 years in federal prison and/or a fine of up to $5 million.
The pair was arrested by DPS troopers on Oct. 27, 2013 when they were pulled over on US 59 for a traffic violation. The trooper reported Humphries was driving with an invalid license and placed her under arrest.
The trooper then reported seeing a clear plastic bag containing meth next to the passenger seat and arrested Smith.
A DPS Narcotics team then searched the vehicle and reported finding a plastic bottle under the passenger seat, which also had meth. They also reported finding counterfeit cash.
A total of 54.3 grams of meth was seized in the bust.
If convicted, the duo faces between five and 40 years in federal prison.