by Emily Waldrep
A Woodville man was arrested on drug charges after attempting to hide a bag of cocaine in his mouth during a traffic stop.
On June 12 at approximately 7 p.m., Tyler County Sheriff's Deputies were on regular patrol when they observed a grey passenger car traveling northbound on Highway 69 South and turning into the parking lot of the Rudy's convenience store. The vehicle did not come to a complete stop to take a right turn onto Veterans Way, which is a moving violation.
According to Phil Ryan with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department, the deputy also recognized the man in the car and identified him as Malcolm Isaiah Lewis, age 26 of Woodville, who was known to not have a valid drivers license.
The deputy initiated a traffic stop and approached Lewis. Ryan said that the deputy observed a bulge in Lewis's cheek that he kept attempting to move around in an attempt to hide it.
"The deputy asked Lewis to step outside the vehicle because he seemed nervous and was shaking and sweating profusely," Ryan said. "Lewis stepped outside and pulled a clear plastic bag out of his mouth that contained several pieces of a substance that the deputy believed to be crack cocaine."
The substance tested positive for cocaine. There was also $2,085 in cash on Lewis, which Ryan said is a large amount of cash.
Lewis was placed under arrest and his vehicle was towed.
Lewis was charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. His bond was set at $50,000.