A man is facing three criminal charges after Killeen police found him in possession of drugs during a traffic stop, according to an arrest affidavit.

James Edward Hicks was arraigned Friday on charges of possession of cocaine in an amount of less than 1 gram, possession of a controlled substance and driving with an invalid licence.

Hicks was pulled over by Killeen police after he failed to signal while turning onto Dickens Street from Lake Road late Wednesday night, the affidavit stated.

After observing that Hicks’ license was suspended, officers arrested Hicks and searched him.

They found a pill bottle containing 15.7 grams of hydrocodone and a bag containing 1 gram of a “white rocklike substance,” which later tested positive for cocaine, the affidavit stated.

Hicks was arraigned by Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke, who set the bail for all three charges at $27,000.

In an unrelated case, William Forrest Gering, 19, was arraigned by Cooke on Friday on a felony charge of sexual assault.

Cooke set Gering’s bail at $50,000.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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