ATV driver arrested on drug charges after allegedly driving recklessly
The Bell County Sheriff’s Department arrested an Arjay man Sunday on drug charges after a deputy saw the man driving recklessly on an ATV.
Derek Cox, 33, of Arjay, was charged with first-degree trafficking in methamphetamine (less than two grams), third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (less than 20 dosage units), trafficking in marijuana (less than eight ounces), possessing drug paraphernalia, operating an ATV on a roadway, DUI and operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license.
A deputy saw Cox driving the ATV at a high rate of speed and watched Cox cross over into oncoming traffic twice.
The deputy said Cox had “bloodshot” eyes. Cox told the deputy he had not taken any drugs.
Cox failed two field sobriety tests, police said.
The deputy found a pill bottle in Cox’s left front shirt pocket that contained five Suboxone strips, a clear plastic baggie containing meth and several small distribution baggies.
After placing Cox under arrest, the deputy asked him if there were any drugs in the ATV’s saddlebags. The deputy said Cox told him, “Yes, there was a little marijuana.”
The deputy found a large bag of marijuana in the saddlebags and several more distribution bags.
Cox was taken to the Bell County Detention Center.