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Man sought on tampering charge
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TRINITY – A 29-year-old man was being sought this week on a tamper with physical evidence charge filed in connection with a drug-related incident reported early on Thursday, June 17. Shane Allen Pearson of the Hawg Heaven subdivision in Trinity County was being sought on the third degree felony charge after a warrant was issued this week. He is accused of swallowing a quantity of powdered cocaine when police attempted to stop the vehicle in which he was traveling. “He was not initially arrested for the offense on June 17 because he was under medical care,” Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones said. The incident began about 2:30 a.m. on June 17 when Officer Randy Wheeler spotted a Dodge pickup truck weaving as it traveled east on FM 356 near the Trinity City Limits. Jones said when the officer turned on his overhead lights in an attempt to stop the pickup, at first it appeared the driver was not going to pull over but finally did. When the vehicle did stop, Wheeler was quickly joined by Trinity County Deputy Larry Barak at the scene. The officers found two men in the pickup along with an open container of alcohol. They also discovered a plastic baggie in the mouth of one of the men. Information obtained at the scene as well as a field test for drugs, indicated the baggie had previously contained cocaine. Upon questioning, the officers were told that the man had swallowed an “eight-ball” of cocaine as Wheeler was trying to pull them over. Jones said the officers called for an ambulance and the man was taken to East Texas Medical Center-Trinity for evaluation. Although officers believed the other man in the vehicle and a third man who owned the pickup were involved in a purchase of cocaine valued at $100, no other charges have been filed at this time.