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By Breyana Segura
A Louisiana man was arrested by Frio County sheriff’s deputies earlier this month after a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of methamphetamine and cocaine.
The case originated shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, March 5, when a deputy effected the traffic stop of a Ford F-150 pickup truck for a defective license plate light, according to investigators. Deputies conducting the roadside interview with the driver, 35-year-old Charles Houk, reported they smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and initiated an investigation.
Houk allegedly admitted to having marijuana near the center console of the pickup truck, but a further search of the truck cab revealed drug paraphernalia throughout the vehicle.
According to a report on the case, Houk had attempted to conceal the drugs and pipes in various locations in his pickup truck as well as on himself.
Deputies found two vials of cocaine that Houk had reportedly attempted concealing in his boots; methamphetamine in his front pockets and nearly $3,000 in cash. A wooden box was discovered that contained marijuana, and three glass pipes were found in different places in the pickup truck.
The Louisiana man was remanded into custody and transported to the Frio County Jail, where he faces two third-degree felony charges for possession of a controlled substance and a Class B misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana.