Around 6:30 Wednesday evening, Deputy Juan Chapa with the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office was patrolling Hwy 59 in the Splendora area when he stopped a speeder that turned out to have a lot more than a heavy foot.
The driver, 28-year-old Patrick O’Donnovan Smith of Shreveport, Louisiana, exhibited suspicious behavior, including extreme nervousness and a story inconsistent with the rental agreement attached to the vehicle he was driving. A search of that vehicle revealed four large prescription bottles. Two had the same patient name and two had other names. None of the names were Patrick Smith. All four bottles contained Hydrocodone, with a total count of 420 pills, which the suspect admitted he planned to sell.
Smith is charged with first-degree felony Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. His bond is set at $25,000.
Smith’s arrest came less than 24 hours after Deputy Chapa arrested another Louisiana resident who was passing through East Montgomery County with contraband. Around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Deputy Chapa stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 12000 block of Hwy 59 northbound, which is in Splendora. Anthony Jared Brooks, 20, of Harrisonburg, Louisiana was one of four occupants.
The driver said the group spent the night at a friend’s house and they were headed home to Louisiana when Deputy Chapa stopped them. The four appeared very nervous and had conflicting stories regarding their trip. A search of the vehicle revealed two hidden bags containing a total of over $8,700. Porter, the Precinct 4 K-9 Unit trained in narcotics detection gave a positive alert on the bags and money. Initially, none of the occupants claimed ownership, but Brooks eventually did so.
Brooks is charged with Money Laundering, more than $1,500, less than $20,000 (SJF). His bond is also set at $25,000.
Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said he hopes the arrests serve as a warning to others.
“The message is simple – Keep your illegal drugs and your drug money out of East Montgomery County, even if you’re only passing through,” Constable Hayden said. “We will arrest you and our District Attorney, Brett Ligon, will make an example of you.”