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By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – A recent traffic stop near Woodville resulted in two arrests and multiple felony charges for a man and a woman from Colmesneil.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, along with Pct. 4 Constable Anthony Ross, were on patrol south of Woodville, along US 69, when they made a stop on a vehicle at County Road 4260 (Seneca Road) on a traffic violation.

The driver, Justin Duane Staples, a 30-year-old Colmesneil man, had no driver license and gave the officers probable cause to search the vehicle, according to Weatherford. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as 33-year-old Amanda Leanne Haughton, also of Colmesneil.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a baggie in the center console containing a crystalline substance, which field-tested positive for meth. There was also a makeup bag, with another baggie containing more meth and, according to Weatherford, 14 more baggies and a digital scale.

Both Staples and Haughton were taken into custody and transported to the Tyler County Jail. Staples was charged with felony manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, for 17 grams of meth, as well as tampering with physical evidence. Haughton was also given a felony manufacture/delivery charge on 17 grams of meth, and additionally, once she was being processed at the jail, TCSO jail staff discovered additional meth on Haughton, concealed in her undergarments, which netted another charge of felony-level -possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility.

Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Tina Self set bonds on both suspects at $35,000 for Staples for $40,000 for Haughton. Both have bonded out of jail.

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    78 · 2 months ago
    Thank G_d!  More criminals/distributors/users off the street!  Well, at least for a while. Thank you, officers, for doing such a great job! Now, if you can, only, take these Ivanhoe criminal gangs off the street. I am surrounded by them, with consistent break-ins.Liitle sleep 4me