Affidavit: Suspect in East Texas pursuit transporting more than 30 pounds of marijuana, large amount of cash
SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - An arrest affidavit has revealed the amount of marijuana allegedly found in a trailer that was reported stolen following a high-speed chase through two East Texas counties.
Rick Dixon, 61, of North Fork, California, is accused of leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase beginning in Smith County near Lindale and ending in Gregg County.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Smith County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop near FM 849 on Interstate 20 after learning the trailer Dixon’s vehicle was towing was reported stolen and that Dixon’s vehicle had been spotted traveling eastbound on the interstate through Van Zandt County into Smith County. However, when the deputy activated his siren, Dixon then allegedly fled at a high rate of speed, up to 105 miles per hour, according to the affidavit, then further tried to evade the deputy by traveling south of the interstate and into the city of Kilgore and crossing over grass medians before he was finally stopped.
The affidavit states that a search of the trailer resulted in the seizure of a “large amount of illegal narcotics,” later revealed to be 31 pounds of marijuana after it was weighed. There were other illegal substances that will be tested and weighed to determine the appropriate charge, as well as a large amount of cash, it also states.
Dixon has been charged in Smith County with evading arrest, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance >=400 grams and theft of property. His collective bond total is $1,550,000.
Dixon apparently was arrested on similar charges in California one month prior to his alleged actions in East Texas. San Bernardino County records was charged with two counts of evading arrest, one count of obstruction and one count of transporting marijuana. He was released on Oct. 22 after posting bond.
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