Less than six hours after receiving an anonymous tip, the work of eight Lewisville police officers and a Little Elm police canine unit paid off, yielding a huge drug bust that took nearly a million dollars worth of marijuana off the streets Saturday night, Dec. 16.
According to Lewisville Police Captain Kendall Lynn, investigators received and acted upon a tip Saturday afternoon that a couple was traveling from California to one of two locations in Lewisville with marijuana. The information was good enough that police took it seriously, and officers who were not even scheduled to work Saturday night came in to help with the investigation.
With information about the probable time of arrival, officers in unmarked cars were able to sit and watch for the vehicles. Marked units were also nearby.
A vehicle driven by 28-year-old Elizabeth Ann Cominos of Anderson, California was spotted pulling a U-Haul trailer. That vehicle was followed by a Chevy Tahoe with Nathan Alan Terrell, 27, of Redding, California and Tyler Paul Rogers, 18.
Lynn said police observed the vehicles enter and leave apartment complex in the 800 block of Union Station Parkway.
Officers followed both vehicles and made two separate traffic stops in different locations after observing traffic violations by the drivers. At least one of the stops was just inside Carrollton city limits.
Since both of Lewisville’s K-9 officers were out for training, Lewisville PD called in assistance from Little Elm Police Department, who were the closest available with a K-9.
Lynn said the dog alerted on the U-Haul trailer. In it, police found 418 pounds of marijuana packaged in multiple moving boxes, about 30 packages per box. Lynn said the drugs had a street value of $962,000.
That much marijuana, Lynn said, is destined to be divided up to more than one dealer.
“That’s a huge amount of marijuana,” Lynn said. “Most arrests are for less than two ounces.”
The marijuana was wrapped in such a way that there was not much detectable odor outside of the trailer, Lynn said, crediting the K-9 officer’s sensitive nose for finding it.
Police found marijuana “shake,” or bits and pieces, in the Tahoe, along with between 1 and 4 grams of THC oil. THC is the active compound in marijuana.
Terrell is held in Denton County Jail in lieu of a total bond amount of $110,000. He is charged with possession of marijuana between 50 and 2,000 pounds, a 2nd degree felony for which he could be sentenced to between two and 20 years in prison. He is also charged with possession of between 1 and 4 grams of THC oil, which is a third degree felony.
Cominos is also charged with possession of marijuana between 50 and 2,000 pounds, a 2nd degree felony. She was cited for running a red light. Cominos is held in Denton County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.
Rogers was arrested for the THC oil and held on a $5,000 bond.
Lynn said police were still investigating the suspects and their associations.