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Woodville disturbance leads to drug, weapons charges

Shotgunby Emily Waldrep

Two Woodville residents were arrested after citizens reported a disturbance at the Shell Station on South Magnolia in Woodville across from Dairy Queen. According to Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department, Sergeant Hicks with the Woodville PD responded to the call and began to question the people involved.

Two vehicles were at the gas pumps and a driver had driven up behind the vehicle at the pumps and started an argument with the other vehicle's driver, which prompted the call to police. While talking to the involved parties, officers smelled burning marijuana coming from the first vehicle that had pulled up to the pumps. When the officers questioned the driver, identified as Lacy McNeil, 19, of Woodville, she admitted that she had a small baggie of marijuana and a blunt in her bra.

A pat-down search by the female officer revealed the baggie of marijuana along with the blunt. Officers also recovered part of a blunt in the ashtray. McNeil was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Officers also questioned the passenger of the vehicle, identified as Chevis Smith, 31, of Lufkin. Officers began questioning Smith about the marijuana and the initial disturbance between he and the party that pulled in behind him, and performed a complete search of the vehicle that revealed a sawed-off shotgun in the trunk.
According to McCulley, Smith also had ammunition in his pocket that matched the gun in the trunk. Further investigation of Smith's history revealed that he was a convicted felon and had been previously convicted of Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Smith was arrested again for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and transported to the Tyler County Jail.

The other parties in the other vehicle were released without charges.