WAXAHACHIE — A traffic stop made by Waxahachie Police resulted in the seizure of more than 10 grams of methamphetamine on Nov. 20.
Waxahachie resident Chad Evert Hayes, 43, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. The traffic stop took place at about 7:41 a.m.
“Officer Jill Turner observed a Toyota Corolla run a stop sign in the 300 block of Dunn. She followed and the driver turned into a residential driveway at a home in the 400 block. of Briggs. She discovered that the driver, Hayes, had several outstanding traffic warrants. She placed him in custody without incident,” Waxahachie Police Lt. Todd Woodruff said. “In a sunglass case in the vehicle's center console, she reported finding two bags of suspected methamphetamine. The aggregate weight of the suspected methamphetamine weighed over 10 grams.”
Woodruff stated Hayes was first charged with possession of a controlled substance, penalty group one, greater than four grams but less than 200 grams. This charge was later upgraded to a first-degree felony due to the drug-free zone enhancement because of the proximity of the stop to Marvin Elementary.
Woodruff added that the Texas Health and Safety Code 481.134 allows for such penalty increases if the drug is possessed “on or within 1,000 feet of the premises of a school, the premises of a public or private youth center, or a playground.”
According to online records from the Wayne McCollum Detention Center and in addition to the controlled substance charge, Hayes faces charges of speeding, no insurance, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, driving while license invalid, running a stop sign, a parole violation – possession of a controlled substance penalty group one less than one gram — and two charges of failure to appear.
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Hayes remained in custody at the detention center with a $10,000 bond.