TEXARKANA, Texas – Suspected Houston street gang member faces drug charges in federal court in Texarkana following the seizure of over 11 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop on a highway of Bowie County.
Dewayne Lamont Dixon Jr., 34, reportedly traveled five miles above the posted speed limit of 65 miles in a brown Hyundai Tuscon when he was pulled over on May 26 by a police officer in Texarkana, Texas, on the Interstate 369, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas.
Dixon reportedly told the officer he was traveling to Pennsylvania to visit his family.
After executing Dixon for warrants, the officer noticed that Dixon had been “flagged” as a possible member of the Vice Lords gang in Houston. Dixon reportedly admitted to having tattoos associated with the organization and previous gang affiliation.
The officer reportedly asked Dixon if he had any drugs in the car, which Dixon denied. When asked about specific drugs, Dixon reportedly provided a denial expressed differently than for other types of substances.
Dixon allegedly gave the policeman his consent to search his car. The officer reportedly noticed tools in the center console and in the trunk area that are commonly used to hide contraband in the vehicle’s “natural voids”.
The officer reportedly noticed tool marks around a panel in the trunk area and used the tools to remove it. Inside were purportedly vacuum sealed bags.
When asked what the officer would find in the bags, Dixon reportedly ducked his head and replied, “Cocaine”.
Six vacuum bags were reportedly found in one panel and four additional bags in the opposite panel. The drugs were removed from Dixon’s car and stacked on the roof of the patrol car.
“Stamped on the surface of the bricks are what appeared to be marks compatible with the Mexican drug cartels,” the complaint states.
Two cell phones and a laptop computer were also seized from the car.
Dixon was represented by a deputy public defender in an initial court appearance on May 28 before U.S. magistrate Caroline Craven. Since then, a notice of appearance in the case on behalf of Dixon has been filed by Houston attorney Sina Zadeh.
No further hearing is currently scheduled. If convicted of possession of more than five kilograms of cocaine, Dixon faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
He is currently being held at the Bowie County Jail.