HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - After a traffic stop by a Houston County Sheriff's Office deputy resulted in a man being arrested for having a doctored registration sticker on his car and driving with an invalid license Sunday night, a search at the jail revealed that he had a bag containing Xanax pills in his pocket, according to an arrest affidavit.
Chester Aaron Gorsha, 38, of Grapeland, was arrested and charged with third-degree felony having a prohibited substance in a jail or correctional facility, Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams, Class B misdemeanor having an altered insignia, and Class B misdemeanor driving with license invalid. Collectively, Gorsha's bail amount was set at $20,000.
According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Wednesday, a HCSO deputy was dispatched to a home in the 9000 block of U.S. Highway 287 North in reference to an unwanted guest. While he was at the scene, he got word that a "suspicious vehicle" with a fake registration sticker was headed south toward Crockett.
Another HCSO deputy started following the vehicle and ran its plates. The second deputy learned that the vehicle's registration had expired in April of 2010, the affidavit stated. He also noticed that the vehicle's rear license plate was out, and stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 287 and FM 2663.
The deputy noticed that the registration sticker on the vehicle's front windshield had been tampered with, the affidavit stated. Further investigation revealed that the sticker came from another and that the year had been marked over with an 8, the affidavit stated. Gorsha allegedly admitted to driving without a license.
When one of the HCSO deputies asked Gorsha if he had any drugs or any other illegal contraband on him, he said no, the affidavit stated. While Gorsha was being taking to the jail by a third deputy, that deputy learned that Gorsha's license had expired on April 26, 2016, and he had been convicted for driving with an invalid license on Feb. 14, 2017.
After Gorsha arrived at the Houston County, a jailer found a small plastic bag containing Xanax pills in his left front pocket.