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Man Pleads Guilty On Two Counts
Houston County Courier - August 2008
On Tuesday, Aug. 5 in the 349th Judicial District Court, 31-year-old Billy Ray Sanders entered a plea agreement to serve 15 years in the Texas Department of Correction Institutional Division on charges related to a November 2006 arrest.
Sanders pleaded guilty to knowingly possessing, with intent to deliver a controlled substance namely cocaine, in an amount of 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams.
Sander’s also pleaded guilty to intentionally or knowingly possessing a usable quantity of marijuana in an amount of five pounds or less but more than four ounces.
According to reports, on Nov. 23, 2006 Crockett Police Officer Clayton Smith while on patrol observed a brown late model four-door vehicle, driven by Sanders, fail to stop at the intersection of Loop 304 and Hwy. 19.
Officer Smith attempted to initiate a traffic stop and was temporarily held up by traffic but kept the vehicle in sight.
Sanders reportedly made a right turn onto West Austin Street and displayed his turn signal, but not within one-hundred foot as the law requires.
Officer Smith utilized his emergency lights and siren to initiate the traffic stop.
Sanders complied by pulling over on the right side of West Austin Street. After making contact with Sanders, Officer Smith advised him for his safety as well as his own he was going to pat him down. Officer Smith located no weapons.
Officer Smith then asked for consent to search the vehicle, Sanders complied stating, “There is nothing in that vehicle."
While searching the floor board area of the driver side, Officer Smith observed a yellow bag located on the passenger side.
According to Officer Smith, the bag appeared to contain an illegal narcotic. After Officer Smith observed what he believed to be marijuana, he placed Sanders in hand restraints.
Officer Smith then examined the rest of the contents in the bag, finding two clear plastic bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, and also two clear plastic bags containing a white powdery substance believed to be powder cocaine.
Sanders was then arrested and later charged with; possession with intent to deliver controlled substance, possession of controlled substance, and possession of marijuana