Suspect speeds off from traffic stop, now facing federal drug charges

Suspect speeds off from traffic stop, now facing federal drug charges
Chase Anthony Hagler

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -On January 11, 2019 the Texas Highway Patrol was assisting the Smith County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit with a traffic stop on a black 2018 Chevrolet Camaro on U.S. Highway 79 in New Summerfield, Texas. The driver, Chase Anthony Hagler, fled giving chase, at speeds exceeding 100 mph and officers lost sight of Hagler

The Camaro was found a short time later at Jacksonville High School. A search revealed approximately 564 grams of a substance believed to be Methamphetamine. Officers investigated the area around the high school and discovered two pounds of marijuana at a nearby creek. Hagler was arrested the next morning by the Gregg County Organized Drug Enforcement CODE Unit in Longview.

On February 6th, 2019 the Federal Grand Jury handed down one true bill indictment on Chase Anthony Hagler for “knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual Methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 84l(a)(l)”. Hagler is currently in Federal custody awaiting trial.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville Police Department, and the Gregg County Code Unit.

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