By Kelly Young

A stolen firearm and small amounts of two types of drugs were confiscated Monday night from two Rusk residents during a routine traffic stop by troopers with the Department of Public Safety.

Charles Hale, 42, and Brandi Snively, 31, were taken into custody after being stopped by DPS Trooper Tyson Metzig on U.S. Highway 175. Both face one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of marijuana, while Hale was also charged with one count of theft of a firearm.

“I stopped the car on 175, just east of Jacksonville, for a defective tail lamp. The driver was acting very suspiciously, very nervous, so I asked him if I could search the vehicle and he refused,” Metzig said. “I then ran their driver’s licenses and it came back that both were wanted. He had warrants out of Rusk PD for possession of drug paraphernalia, and she had a warrant out of Cherokee County for motion to revoke probation for possession of marijuana.”

As Metzig conducted an inventory of the vehicle’s contents before it was towed, he located a rifle and a small amount of methamphetamine and marijuana.

“The rifle came back as stolen out of Smith County. Of the drugs, we found less than one gram of methamphetamine and less than two ounces of marijuana,” he said. “The controlled substance charges and the theft of a firearm charge are state jail felonies and the possession of marijuana charges are Class-B misdemeanors.”

According to Metzig, Hale said he got the rifle from his friend, Ed, but he was unable to provide Ed’s last name.

Hale’s bond was set at $10,000 for the meth, $750 for the marijuana and $7,500 for the gun. Snively’s bond was set at $7,500 for her controlled substance charge and $750 for the marijuana charge. She is being held on the prior motion to revoke probation.

The following arrests were made by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Public Safety for the period of March 17 through March 23.

• Jose H. Acevedo, 19, no driver’s license, speeding and minor in possession of alcohol. Fines were set at $200, $160 and $250.

• Felipe Alamilla, 17, public intoxication and minor in possession of alcohol. Fines were set at $300 and $250.

• Stephen C. Alexander, 42, two counts of failure to appear and probation violation (Panola County warrant). Bonds were set at $5,000 and $5,000, and he is being held.

• Myron T. Austin, 46, burglary of a building. Bond was set at $5,000.

• Brett W. Banks, 39, manufacture/delivery of controlled substance analogue. Bond was set at $5,000.

• Bryan B. Barriere, 22, possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $5,000.

• Joshua Bates, 18, assault causing bodily injury. Bond was set at $1,500.

• Devin R. Black, 22, probation violation and burglary of a habitation. No bond was offered.

• Brian K. Bolton, 42, assault/family violence causing bodily injury. Bond was set at $1,500.

• Orenthal Crear, 29, parole warrant. No bond was offered.

• Galen C. Davis, 22, driving while intoxicated (third offense or more) and no driver’s license. Bonds were set at $500 and $170.

• Demetrius L. Edwards, 31, failure to appear. Bond was set at $5,000.

• Guadalupe Flores, 17, driving while intoxicated, no driver’s license and minor in possession of alcohol. Bonds were set at $1,500, $200 and $250.

• Jarvis L. Glenn, 23, driving while intoxicated (second offense), failure to identify and escape from custody. Bonds were set at $5,000, $5,000 and $5,000, and he is being held.

• Gary K. Gray Jr., 40, driving while intoxicated (second offense). No bond was offered.

• Jose R. Hernandez, 25, assault causing bodily injury. No bond was offered.

• Brandon K. Jackson, 24, driving with invalid license (Smith County warrant). Bond was set at $5,000.

• Earlie R. Johnson Jr., 49, resisting arrest, public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia. No bond was offered.

• Rodney L. Kincade, 41, harassment. Bond was set at $750.

• Johnny M. Newson, 60, deadly conduct. Bond was set at $3,000.

• Amy D. Norton, 25, criminal mischief. Bond was set at $750.

• Sharla K. Phillips, 40, theft by check and no driver’s license. Bond was set at $1,500, and she is being held.

• Adrian H. Rojo, 18, minor in possession of alcohol. A fine was set at $250.

• Daniel A. Rubio, 19, possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated. Bonds were set at $7,500 and $1,500.

• Deantry C. Sessions, 39, failure to appear. Bond was set at $500.

• John R. Stout, 45, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bond was set at $50,000.

• Bryan W. Tate, 21, failure to appear. No bond was offered.

• Francisco J. Tellez, 18, evading arrest with a vehicle. No bond was offered.

• Kameshia D. Tinsley, 33, theft by check. Bond was set at $500.

• Jared D. Vickery, 21, possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $10,000.

• Logan C. Weeks, 20, traffic warrants (Lufkin Police warrant). Fines were set at $107.

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