By Chris Edwards
SPURGER –A parked vehicle in the middle of the road in the Spurger area yielded a discovery of illegal drugs, according to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.
Weatherford said that on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 30, deputies were out patrolling in the Spurger area near County Road 4415, when they were made aware of the vehicle.
The driver, whom they identified as Earnie House, Jr., 48, of Town Bluff, along with his 64-year-old passenger John Lamar Dennis (also of Town Bluff), were both taken into custody on narcotics charges.
Weatherford said that when the deputies made contact with the vehicle’s occupants, they could smell the odor of marijuana emanating from it, before they made the occupants exit.
During a search of House, the deputies located a clear plastic baggie in his front shirt pocket, which contained a crystalline substance. It field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
A search of the vehicle revealed a glass jar, which contained more of the drug, as well as several items of drug paraphernalia, Weatherford said.
Both men were charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford set House’s bond at $4,500 for the third-degree felony charge, and Dennis’s bond was set at $2,000 for State Jail Felony level possession. Both men bonded out of the Tyler County Jail.