by Hale Hughes
On February 9, Tyler County Precinct Three Constable Tony Reynolds was patrolling southbound traffic near Dam B. Reynolds states that he saw a tan Chevy truck travelling north on highway 92 and he saw that the vehicle registration showed to be expired and the trailer in tow did not have a license plate on it according to Reynolds.
Reynolds initiated a stop and when he did the individual driving the truck immediately got out of the truck. Reynolds made contact with him and identified him as Ronzie Gerald Bankston from Colmesneil. Bankston was informed by Reynolds why he was pulled over and Reynolds asked Bankston for his driver's license and proof of insurance. Bankston gave Reynolds his license but did not provide him with insurance. As Reynolds continued speaking with Bankston, Reynolds reported that Bankston became aggressive and uncooperative with the investigation process. At that time Reynolds placed Bankston into custody for failure to maintain financial responsibility.
Reynolds requested by radio for a wrecker to come and pick up the vehicle, and while conducting an inventory of the vehicle, Reynolds found two clear plastic bags with what appeared to be methamphetamines. A deputy arrived on scene and was able to transport Bankston back to the Tyler county jail. After finishing the inventory, Reynolds left the scene and went back to the sheriff's office and conducted a field test on the substance in both bags and it did test positive for meth. Reynolds said that the weight of the substance was significant, totaling approximately ten grams. Bankston was booked into jail with possession of a controlled substance and failure to maintain financial responsibility. Reynolds commented on the significance of the weight of the meth found during the stop. "Ten grams may not sound like that much," Reynolds started, "but it's commonly sold around Tyler county in half-gram increments. One arrest prevents and protects 20 or more local residents from being negatively influenced and exposed to the drug."
Reynolds says there have been multiple complaints within his precinct regarding drug use. Reynolds says he has made the issues involving drugs and the reports of general theft his top priorities since taking office in January. Reynolds has been very active within the community during his first 45 days as constable, serving 47 sets of civil papers, patrolled 1500 miles in the precinct, made numerous arrests, investigated several crimes and has served in a backup role when other law enforcement officers request for it.
Reynolds says the methamphetamine and drug usage is bad, but he wants the public to know that he is putting forth his best efforts to represent the people who voted him in as constable and honoring what he promised to do for them, the precinct and the community. Reynolds has big plans and has greater visions to thwart drug use in Tyler county to prevent our local residents from being exposed and poisoned by the drug culture and protecting their safety.