by Emily Waldrep
A 2:30 a.m. traffic stop April 30 resulted in the arrest of a Buna man on drug charges. His vehicle was also impounded after officers discovered the plates and registration sticker did not belong to the vehicle.
Officer John Fuller made a routine traffic stop in the 100 block of Barclay St. Monday and identified as a Allen Wade Whitehead, age 42, of Buna. After interviewing the driver, Fuller noticed that he was acting very nervous and jumpy, and he didn't have proper identification with him. Because of his suspicious behavior, Fuller contacted the Tyler County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit. Deputy Guiterrez, along with Oso the narcotics dog, were called to the scene to assist with the investigation.
The K-9 conducted a Free Air Search around the vehicle and quickly alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a man's wallet near the center console. Inside the wallet Officers found a small package containing approximately 1/2 gram of methamphetamine. Whitehead then told Officers that "He forgot the drugs were in his wallet". Whitehead was arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance, State PG2 State Jail Felony. Officers also discovered the license plates and registration sticker on Whitehead's vehicle did not belong on the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and an additional investigation will be conducted as to the actual owner of the vehicle.