By Chris Edwards
WARREN – Investigators recently confiscated a small amount of drugs and a bill, possibly of counterfeit origin, during a traffic stop in the Warren area.
According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, narcotics investigators from Tyler and Hardin counties were working together in the area when they conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle they had observed travelling along FM 1943 East.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Dresden Jamor Chatman, a 26-year-old Warren man, was accompanied by a passenger, identified as Kas Aaron Shird, 31, of Woodville. When investigators searched the vehicle, they found a small baggie contining a crystal-like substance and a $100 bill, which Weatherford said was possibly counterfeit. “The investigators are currently working with the Secret Service to determine the authenticity and origin of the $100 bill,” Weatherford said.
In Texas, forgery of money is a third-degree felony and can carry a sentence of between two and 10 years in prison.
Chatman and Shird were taken into custody and booked into the Tyler County Jail. Chatman is charged with possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1 (>=1 gram but <4 grams). The amount of the substance found during the search, which tested positive as methamphetamine, weighed 2.1 grams. He is out of jail after posting a $15,000 bond.
Shird, who is charged with failure to appear warrants issued by Tyler County from previous evading arrest/detention, possession of marijuana and disregard stop sign charges, remains in the jail.