by Emily Waldrep
Officer John Fuller stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic violation on Friday night and discovered a large amount of crystal meth, which led to an arrest.
The traffic stop occurred just west of the main Woodville intersection during the early morning hours of Friday, June 8 when Officer Fuller noticed a vehicle with a defective license plate lamp. There were two occupants in the vehicle, and neither one of them had proper identification. They disclosed that they were traveling from Houston back to their hometown of Ball, Louisiana. After a thorough interview with the occupants, Fuller became suspicious that they were involved in some other criminal activity. After permission was given to search the vehicle, Sergeant Jathan Borel was called in to assist Officer Fuller.
Both the passenger and driver received pat downs to locate weapons. At one point, the passenger reached down to remove a knife from his person and the narcotics fell out of his cuff.
"The passenger was found to be in possession of a bag containing approximately 8 grams of crystal methamphetamine and a homemade pipe used to consume it," says Mike McCulley, "both were recovered from the passenger."
A field test confirmed the identification of the substance and the passenger, identified as Mark Montoya, age 46 of Ball, Louisiana, was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, which is a second-degree felony. The driver was released with no charges. Montoya's bond was set at $40,000.