CONROE- A father accused of stashing drugs in the pockets of his 8-year-old son to protect himself during an August 17 traffic stop was indicted by a Montgomery County Grand Jury last Thursday, and now faces two additional first-degree felony charges.
Michael Allen Taylor, 32, of 18379 Pine Post in Porter was arrested and booked on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of endangering a child. He will be tried on those charges in addition to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
The trouble began when Deputy Drew Sharp, with the Montgomery County Pct. 4 office of Constable Rowdy Hayden, stopped the vehicle Taylor was in for a traffic violation. Pct. 4 Lt. Mark Seals said Deputy Sharp noticed the three men inside of the vehicle seemed nervous
Additional officers, including Seals responded to assist Sharp. A Pct. 4 K-9 unit, trained in narcotics detection alerted on the vehicle indicating the possible presence of illegal drugs, and officers searched the vehicle, but found nothing.
Seals said each of the three men gave officers consent to search their person, which also yielded nothing. However, a discussion between the lieutenant and the vehicle’s fourth occupant landed Taylor in jail.
Taylor’s 8-year-old son seemed “nervous and upset,” which was to be expected, but after no drugs were found despite the alert of the trained canine, Seals thought there might be more to it. He asked the child if anyone in the car requested he hold or hide something.
Seals said the boy dropped his head and looked down, at which point Taylor became belligerent and officers had to restrain him.
It was then that the young boy took two small bags from his pockets, telling officers he had what they were trying to find. He later told investigating officers it was Taylor, his own father, who had him put the two bags of dangerous drugs in his pocket when Sharp initiated the traffic stop.
One bag contained 7 grams of methamphetamine, and the other contained around 2 grams of cocaine.
At the time of Taylor’s arrest, Hayden expressed his outrage and said he believed Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon would share his view.
Ligon said he could not comment on the case, except to say his office was examining the possibility of pursuing additional charges.
Three days after Taylor’s now infamous traffic stop and arrest, the additional charges became a reality. Hayden said he was pleased with the DA’s decision to pursue additional charges and with Grand Jury’s decision.
The boy’s mother was allowed to take him home the night Taylor was arrested, but a formal report was made by Seals to Child Protective Services.
Taylor remains in the Montgomery County Jail as of Monday morning. He also has possession of marijuana case pending and bond was revoked on that charge.