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2012-11-15

Drug busts routine on county roadways

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

An eagle-eyed trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety assigned to Bandera County has been responsible for several drug busts on county roadways.
The trooper prefers to remain anonymous due to safety concerns, which the Bandera County Courier is more than happy to honor.
The most recent confiscation occurred at 7:40 pm, Thursday, Oct. 18, when the trooper stopped a vehicle for speeding along the 4200 block of Wharton's Dock Road.
"When I approached the vehicle, I became aware of a strong odor of marijuana," said the trooper. "Both men admitted to smoking a joint recently." Additionally, during a search of one of the men, the officer found a baggie of marijuana in his pocket, which gave him probable cause for a vehicle search. The search of the pickup truck, netted the trooper with seven grams of methamphetamine and two and a half pounds of hydroponic marijuana - all packaged for delivery.
The trooper arrested driver Adam Christian Vaughan, 27, and passenger Rafael Alanis, 30, both of San Antonio. Both were charged with delivery of a dangerous drug and having more than four ounces but less than five pounds of marijuana. Additionally, Vaughan was charged with money laundering after the trooper seized $3,651 of suspected drug money from him. Bandera County Sheriff's Office seized the 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck. According to the trooper, both men bonded out of jail the next day.
In August, the same DPS trooper was instrumental in a drug bust that took place in Lakehills on FM 1283 near Hill County Elementary School.
At that time, the trooper made a routine traffic stop on a silver Nissan passenger car because the driver had an obstructed license plate and was following too closely.
"The man was extremely nervous," the trooper reported, adding, "He also reported a prior narcotics arrest." When the trooper asked for consent to search the vehicle, the man refused.
"At that point, I called for a K-9 unit," the trooper said. "But before the unit could arrive, the man walked away leaving the car on the side of the road." When the K-9 unit made the scene, a dog trained to detect narcotics indicated the presence of drugs in the vehicle.
The abandoned vehicle was towed to the Bandera County Sheriff's Office on Highway 173 North where a warrant was obtained to search the car. The search came up with seven grams of methamphetamine packaged for delivery. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Jason Michael Porter of Lakehills. He was charged with manufacture and delivery of a PG1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone and arrested at a later date. He also bonded out of jail the day after his arrest.
When asked why motorists transporting illegal drugs fail to obey simple traffic laws, the trooper had no answer.