[UPDATE: Dec. 16, 2016 -- In a developing story, suspect Jonathon Ray Neal reportedly used another man's identity when he was first arrested. This article has been corrected to reflect his actual details.]
A late-November traffic stop turned into a trio of arrests when a cache of forged currency, checks, credits cards and an array of drugs were found in the suspect’s vehicle.
According to Kilgore Police Department Lt. Jonathan Gage, the initial stop was routine but soon progressed to involve the United States Secret Service in addition to KPD.
Initially on Sunday, Nov. 27, Ofc. Trevor Gesik pulled the car over for expired motor vehicle registration about 4 p.m.
Interviewing the occupants, “He developed suspicion that there was something else going on,” Gage said. Pressing for information, “Apparently they had just left Walmart and bought chemicals that could also be used in the making of methamphetamine.”
A KPD K9 unit was dispatched for an open-air inspection.
“The dog positively alerted on the vehicle,” Gage confirmed. “They found approximately 26 grams of a substance that tested positive for cocaine. They also found other controlled substances in pill form, like prescription medication. And some marijuana.”
In addition to counterfeit money, he said, the vehicle also contained six forged checks as well as credit cards in other individuals’ names.
“They weren’t really doing much right,” Gage concluded.
Two of the suspects were from out-of-state, including Kayla Joy Webster of Stillwater, Oklahoma and Andrew Joseph Holloway from Carlsbad, California. The third suspect, Jarrod Marquis Henson, is from Henderson.
The three were arrested and later transferred to Gregg County Jail, facing multiple charges and bonds.
• Webster, 19, has bonds totaling $112,500 on charges including engaging in organized criminal activity, possession of between one and four grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, possession of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 4 controlled substance and two counts of possession of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance.
• Henson, 21, faces $97,500 in bonds for charges including possession of between four and 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, engaging in organized criminal activity, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair, fraudulent use or possession of identifying information and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.
• Jonathon Ray Neal, 30, of Huntington, was arrested and initially charged with possession of between four and 20 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and engaging in organized criminal activity.
Additional charges may be looming for the trio.
“We’re investigating it further because of the counterfeit money and the checks,” Gage said. “We forward that to the Secret Service, and they will start their investigation from there.
“I’m sure there are things ongoing to see how far this tree will branch out.”