by Emily Waldrep
On June 21 at approximately 2:30 a.m, Deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department were on routine patrol on County Road 4485 when they conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Rebecca Brownell, age 39, of Woodville and the passenger was identified as Willie McNeil, age 24, of Woodville. There were also two juvenile passengers in the back of the vehicle.
According to Weatherford, deputies observed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and a driver's license check revealed that McNeil had arrest warrants out of Tyler County. Deputies received consent to search the vehicle and deputies discovered a rifle, several packages of synthetic marijuana, and a large amount of money.
Willie McNeil was arrested and charged with a warrant out of Tyler County District Court for Possession of Controlled Substance Withdraw of Bondsman. Judge Trisher Ford set a $15,000 bond on that charge. McNeil was also arrested for a warrant out of Tyler County Court for Possession of Marijuana and a bond of $3,000 was set for that charge. In addition, he was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, and Judge Ford set a $3,000 and $10,000 bond on those charges.
Deputies questioned Brownell and learned that she had three small children at home. She reported that one of the children was autistic and that a babysitter was with the children, but she had no way to contact the babysitter, Weatherford said.
Deputies traveled with Brownell to her residence to check on the welfare of the children.
"There was not an adult supervising the children and the oldest child was ten years old," Weatherford said. "Child Protective Services was contacted and made aware of the situation."
Deputies will be seeking a warrant for Brownell for the Possession of Synthetic Marijuana as well as Child Endangerment.