Ex-Wills Point resident sentenced to 15 years for transporting drugs
David Allen Thomas, formerly of Wills Point, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for transporting narcotics in Henderson County.
Judge Dan Moore presided over the sentencing in the 173rd Judicial District Court.
Assistant District Attorney Justin Weiner prosecuted the case on behalf of Scott McKee's District Attorney's Office.
"This is a case where Henderson County Deputy Kenny Collard followed his instincts," Weiner said in a prepared statement from the District Attorney's Office. "He was as persistent as the law allowed, and that persistence is the reason that over 80 grams of meth are off of the streets of Henderson County."
Thomas was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over late on Nov. 30. Collard initiated the traffic stop due to a defective headlamp, according to the statement.
Collard testified he immediately observed the odor of marijuana when he approached the vehicle. Thomas and the driver were asked to step out of the vehicle and as Thomas exited, Collard said he observed Thomas throw something into the tall grass on the side of the road, according to the statement.
During further investigation and a search of the vehicle, Collard said he discovered a Mary Kay bag that contained multiple baggies, digital scales, a pipe and a large gallon-sized baggie with just more than 80 grams of methamphetamine, according to the statement.