HCSO traffic stop leads to meth seizure

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Thursday, December 8, 2016
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Ross LeBeau was arrested Monday for having nearly a half pound of meth in his car. (Harris County Sheriff's Office)

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Harris County deputies seized nearly half a pound of meth after a traffic stop in the Copperfield area of Houston.

Ross Alexander LeBeau, 24, was arrested Monday after the discovery. He made a right hand turn without stopping, which led deputies to initiate a traffic stop.

Deputies smelled marijuana and asked LeBeau if he had any drugs. He told them there was a small amount of marijuana in the center console.

He was detained at that point, deputies said.

While searching the vehicle, deputies found 252 grams of meth, which LeBeau denied knowing anything about.

He's now charged with possession of a controlled substance. He's out of jail on $50,000 bond.

"This is another example how a routine traffic stop turned into a significant narcotics arrest in our community and may have kept our children and loved ones free from being introduced to drugs," the department said in a news release. "Deputy Aguilar and other deputies are challenged on a daily basis to enforce the law using not only their knowledge and expertise, but their powers of observation to take criminals off the street."

Editorial Note: A previous version of this story included a gallery with mugshots that may have been improperly credited to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office or improperly identified offenders as methamphetamine users. The gallery has been removed.