On Wednesday, August 8, 2018 a Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit was on patrol in the Ray wood area. At approximately 6:00pm a traffic stop was initiated on a 2018 white Dodge pickup near the intersection of Hwy-90 and FM-770. When the deputy approached the pickup he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The occupants were identified as Lonnie “Lynn” Fregia, W/M, DOB: 07/05/1958 and Terry Brandon McClure, W/M, DOB: 09/24/1976.
Due to the odor of marijuana the deputies conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle. A large Wal-Mart plastic bag was found underneath the ice in an ice chest. The plastic bag contained eight (8) one ounce bags and one (1) large eight ounce bags containing marijuana that was packaged for resale. The total was approximately one pound. Lynn Fregia, who is the owner of the vehicle, immediately claimed ownership of the marijuana. Deputies then located multiple marijuana cigarettes hidden in the tool box located in the bed of the pickup.
The deputies also located a small plastic bag of a personal amount of marijuana inside McClure’s overnight luggage. Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Liberty County Jail. Fregia and McClure were both charged with Possession of Marijuana – State Jail Felony.