Traffic stop leads to drug conviction
Polk County Enterprise, April 2007
LIVINGSTON — Ernest Lee Travis faces up to 25 years in prison after his conviction this week on two charges of fraudulent possession of a controlled substance by prescription, court officials said.
Onalaska police stopped Travis in February 2006 for a routine traffic violation and discovered an enormous quantity of pills in the car, District Attorney Lee Hon said.
Assistant District Attorney Beverly D. Armstrong presented testimony from two doctors and a pharmacist during the trial held in the 258th District Court this week that indicated Travis deceived Houston area doctors into prescribing the medications which he then filled at a number of different pharmacies.
All three health care providers who testified indicated they would not have ordered and filled the prescriptions for hydrocodone, Soma and Xanax if they knew he had been seeing other physicians, Hon said.
Officers found multiple prescription bottles that had all been filled the day of the traffic stop or the previous day, Hon said. A large quantity of pills had already been removed from the bottles.
A lock box was also found in the car and after officers obtained a warrant to open the box, they found a ledger inside that suggested the man had been selling pills on the black market, Hon said.
A thorough investigation by Polk County Sheriff's Office investigators led to a grand jury indictment against Travis on Sept. 22, 2006, Armstrong said.
Travis will be sentenced by the district judge on May 29, Armstrong said.
Since Travis has already served two prison terms for other charges he faces a 25-year minimum sentence for the convictions. The two sentences will likely run concurrently, Hon said.