Nacogdoches County, Texas (KETK) — A man and his wife have been taken into custody after a traffic stop on Highway 59 S. Deputies seized crystal methamphetamine worth over $9,000 inside their child’s toy.
According to Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges, deputies stopped a white passenger car for a traffic violation on Highway 59. Deputies noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle when they talked with the driver, who admitted marijuana had been recently smoked inside the car. Deputies also saw a 3-year-old child sitting in the back seat, who was not strapped down by a seat belt.
After receiving consent to search the vehicle, the suspects became nervous and gave conflicting stories about their trip to Nacogdoches. Deputies found 87 grams of crystal methamphetamine near the child concealed inside a toy.
Rene Tamez, 44, and Anna Tamez, 38, were arrested at the scene and taken to the Nacogdoches County Jail. The couple was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a second felony and endangering a child, a state jail felony.
Rene Tamez was currently on parole at the time of his arrest, and a parole warrant was issued for his arrest on Friday. He was served with the additional charge at the Nacogdoches County Jail.
The 3-year-old child has been turned over to Child Protective Services. Sheriff Jason Bridges stated his department believes the drugs were being transported to Nacogdoches County to be distributed on the streets. Authorities will continue their work to identify the distributor in Nacogdoches County.