A man wanted on a federal warrant was apprehended during a traffic stop before dawn today.
Gregg County Sheriff's Spokesman Kirk Haddix said the stop was made about 3 a.m. when deputies observed a black Ford truck traveling on Tryon Road with expired registration.
"Upon making a stop on the vehicle, the driver, 44-year-old Larry Shane Sillick of Tyler, was found to have an outstanding federal warrant for violation of probation. Upon Sillick exiting the truck, he dropped a purple colored bag and stepped on it in an attempt to conceal it from deputies," he said.
Haddix said deputies found that the bag contained four baggies of suspected crystalline methamphetamine, later found to have a total weight of 7.8 grams. A search of the truck revealed a Ruger 9mm handgun in the console.
Sillick was transported to the Gregg County Jail for the outstanding warrant and possession of a controlled substance. Because of a previous felony conviction, Sillick was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held without bond.