Traffic stop leads to an arrest and seizure of methamphetamine

Lee Nolan Mathis
Staff Writer

On Thursday, Sept. 24, at approximately 12 p.m., deputies with the Nolan County Sheriff's Office stopped a white Chrysler sedan for a minor traffic infraction that lead to seizure of several bags of suspected methamphetamine and the arrest of a Fort Worth man.
Deputies stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of El Papagayo restaurant, in Sweetwater for a minor traffic infraction. Contact was made with the driver who was accompanied by passenger Lee Mathis, of Fort Worth. Both men were requested to exit the vehicle where a roadside investigation could be conducted.
During the investigation, deputies noticed indications of criminal activity; thereafter consent to search the vehicle was requested and received. Just before the search could be conducted, Mathis attempted to flee but was immediately stopped, and after a brief struggle with deputies, he was taken into custody. A search of the vehicle was then conducted which lead to the discovery of several bags of suspected methamphetamine, concealed in a cigarette box.
Mathis was transported to the Nolan County Jail where he was charged with the felony offense of manufacture/delivery of methamphetamine. The case will be filed with the 32nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.