peeding ticket becomes drug bust
By Scott E. Williams
The Daily News
Published February 9, 2006
KEMAH — A Galveston man was in jail Wednesday after a traffic stop Tuesday night turned into a drug arrest.
State troopers stopped a car on state Highway 96 at Anders Lane shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday. The car had been going 65 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to agency reports.
The troopers’ initial intent was to write the driver a ticket, officials said. However, the driver had an outstanding arrest warrant on a municipal charge in La Marque.
The driver was arrested, and troopers planned to turn the car over to the passenger, a woman whose name was not available Wednesday.
However, officials said the woman had a suspended driver’s license, so they impounded the vehicle.
While conducting an inventory of the car’s contents, troopers found more than an ounce of crack cocaine, according to reports.
Inventory is standard procedure any time a law enforcement agency takes possession of a vehicle.
The drug had been cut into pieces and packaged, presumably for individual resale, officials said.
Quinten Terryl Thibodeaux, who turned 28 a week ago today, was in jail Wednesday under $250,000 bond. He faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The charge carries a possible prison term of five to 99 years, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.