Two Memphis, Texas, residents are facing a slew of felony and misdemeanor charges after a traffic stop Wednesday night in Nacogdoches.
Knisha Echols, 23, and Markell D. Smith, 27, were booked into the county jail on a combined six felony charges and five misdemeanors.
Echols was jailed on state-jail felonies for possession of a controlled substance and fraudulent use or possession of a controlled-substance prescription, a second-degree felony for fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, and two Class B misdemeanors for possession of marijuana and failure to identify. Bond on the six charges totaled $35,500.
Smith was booked on the same three felony charges, a Class A misdemeanor for possession of a dangerous drug and and Class B misdemeanor for marijuana possession, and his bonds totaled $34,000.
They were pulled over in the 1600 block of S.W. Stallings Dr. just before 9 p.m. Wednesday for a traffic violation, according to the arrest affidavits filed against the pair. The officer reportedly smelled marijuana and spotted it “in plain sight,” which prompted a search of the vehicle.
“During a probably cause search of the vehicle, a large amount of liquid prescription narcotics, prescription documents, identifying information on other individuals and pills (were found),” according to the affidavit filed against Echols. The affidavit also claims the woman refused to provide her identifying information to the officer.
There were “numerous different documents with different subjects identifying information, and one Oxycodone pill” found during the search, according to the affidavit against Smith.
Under the Texas penal code, someone convicted of a second-degree felony can face between two and 20 years incarceration and/or up to $10,000 in fines. State-jail felonies are punishable by between 180 days and two years incarceration and/or a fine up to $10,000. Class B misdemeanors carry a potential punishment of up to 180 days incarceration and $2,000 in fines and Class A misdemeanors can bring no more than a year incarceration and/or $4,000 in fines.
Both Echols and Smith were still jailed as of Thursday afternoon.
Memphis, Texas, is in Hall County, about 85 miles southeast of Amarillo.