The two people who were charged Saturday with possession of 418 pounds of marijuana in a U-Haul trailer bonded out of jail Sunday — just a day after being arrested.
They brought their two young daughters with them when they transported the drugs from California to Texas, according to the probable cause affidavit police filed.
Criminal records obtained by The Lewisville Texan Journal show that for one of the suspects, it’s not his first run-in with the law.
Probable cause affidavit
Nathan Alan Terrell and Elizabeth Ann Cominos, who are married, left California on Friday, Dec. 15 with their 4-year-old and 9-month-old daughters in the vehicle with Cominos, according to her statement to police. Cominos was the driver of a silver Dodge Ram pickup that police said was towing the trailer full of marijuana.
Terrell followed her in his black Chevy Tahoe with Tyler Paul Rogers, who described himself as a family friend.
Police had received an anonymous tip that the pair were headed to Lewisville, either to Cominos’ father’s apartment, or Terrell’s father’s house. They arrived Saturday night, Dec. 16. A Lewisville detective waited in an unmarked car near Cominos’ father’s apartment in the 800 block of Hebron Station Parkway.
It was there that the detective observed the two vehicles stop briefly. Cominos would later tell officers that she was dropping off her daughters with her father so they could continue on and deliver the marijuana to a different location, according to the affidavit. The affidavit notes that Lewisville police contacted Child Protective Services.
The detective followed the vehicles as they left the complex and turned right on Lakeside Circle. From there, they traveled to Hebron Parkway and turned east. The detective noted that both of them failed to signal at least 100 feet from the intersection, and that Cominos failed to come to a full stop at the red light.
At this point, the affidavit says, the detective radioed another officer in a marked patrol car who was able to pull over Cominos in her truck pulling the U-Haul. While she was being pulled over, the detective said he saw Terrell, who had been following her in his Tahoe, change lanes without signaling. A second patrol car was called to stop him.
Cominos was arrested for running the red light, and placed in the patrol car while a K-9 officer from Little Elm conducted a free air sniff of the truck and trailer. According to the affidavit, the K-9 alerted on the driver’s side door of the truck and on the rear door of the U-Haul trailer.
The detective opened the trailer door and noticed that it was loaded with taped boxes and children’s toys and clothing. Upon opening a box toward the back of the trailer, the detective noted that it was full of vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana.
Police had the truck and trailer towed to the police department for a search, where they discovered that there were 15 boxes containing a total of 372 packages of marijuana, each about 18 ounces.
When detectives interviewed Cominos, she allegedly told them that Terrell had loaded the marijuana in the trailer in California, and that they were just delivering it so she could get $10,000 to pay off a debt. The affidavit says she told the detectives that this was their third time to transport marijuana from California to Texas, and that they were supposed to get paid $100 per package.
Cominos allegedly told police that she had driven the truck because Terrell had previously been pulled over with “stuff” in the car. The affidavit notes that Cominos appeared shocked that there was over 400 pounds of marijuana in the trailer.
Rogers allegedly told police that he had been “hotboxing” — smoking marijuana in the vehicle with the windows up. The affidavit said that when police had pulled him out of the vehicle, he had marijuana crumbs on his shirt and in the seat he had been sitting in.
The affidavit says that when Terrell was interviewed, he denied knowing anything and said he didn’t have anything to do with anything.
According to a criminal history report from Texas Department of Public Safety, Terrell has several convictions, the most recent of which was in September of this year for possession of marijuana between five and 50 pounds.
That marijuana conviction in Wilbarger County was a third degree felony for which he was already on probation.
Terrell’s first arrest was in Lewisville in 2007, when he was brought in for failure to stop and render aid with injury or death involved. The Lewisville Texan Journal has requested records in that case. According to DPS, he pleaded guilty and received five years probation with deferred adjudication.
Later that year, while still on probation, he was arrested again in Lewisville and charged with manufacturing/delivering and possession of a controlled substance from penalty group 1, with an amount between four and 200 grams — a first degree felony. He was also charged with a class B misdemeanor for having less than two ounces of marijuana. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison, according to DPS records.
DPS custody records show he was incarcerated by the Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville from May 2008 to March 2011.
In late 2012, Terrell was arrested again by Lewisville police and charged with assault causing bodily injury to a family member, a class A misdemeanor. In early 2013, Terrell had a second arrest for assault causing bodily injury to a family member. Online court records listings do not show who the victim was, but they show that Cominos was subpoenaed in the case.
He was convicted of both assaults and sentenced to 300 days in jail and 16 months of probation on each charge. Judge Jim Crouch originally suspended the 300 day sentence, but records show that probation was later revoked and he was sentenced to 200 days in jail.
In January 2014, Terrell was arrested for evading arrest or detention, and sentenced to 200 days in county jail.
In June 2016, Terrell was arrested for another assault on a family member with bodily injury. He was convicted on those charges and sentenced to 215 days in jail. The records are not clear why Terrell was free in September of 2016 when he was busted in Wilbarger County for the marijuana as well as a charge of felony money laundering.
Terrell pleaded guilty on the money laundering and drug charges from that case. He was sentenced in September of this year to serve two years confinement, two years probation on the money laundering and eight years confinement, eight years probation for the marijuana.
Cominos also had a criminal record for drug dealing, and was on 7 years probation after her late 2016 conviction for manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, between 1 and 4 grams.
According to Denton County Sheriff’s jail records, Terrell posted $110,000 bond and was released from jail on the most recent charges Sunday. Cominos and Rogers were also released Sunday on smaller bond amounts.
On Dec 19, Child Protective Services filed a petition with the 367th District Court for protection of a child, for conservatorship, and termination in suit affecting the parent-child relationship. That move was for the younger of their two daughters. Their older daughter was part of another CPS case that had begun in 2013. A similar motion was filed in that case on Dec. 4, which is prior to the latest arrests.
This story has been updated from its original version to include information on Cominos’ criminal history and the status of the children.