A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper saw what was suspected to be a controlled substance during a routine traffic stop of a 40-year-old man Saturday.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the trooper was on patrol in Killeen when he saw a vehicle with a defective tail light. The vehicle stopped, and the driver, later identified as Johnaro Fante Russell, was the only occupant of the vehicle, according to an arrest affidavit. The report did not say what street the traffic stop occurred.
The trooper asked Russell to get out of the vehicle because of his actions, police said.
When Russell opened the door, the trooper saw a syringe on the floorboard. The trooper asked Russell if he had anything illegal, and he said he had marijuana, the affidavit said.
Russell allowed the trooper to search him and his vehicle. The trooper found marijuana on him, police said.
The trooper took the syringe from the vehicle and saw it had a tan-colored liquid he believed to be THC oil, the active ingredient of cannabis, according to the affidavit.
The trooper tested the liquid using a reliable field test kit. The test provided a positive reaction for THC. The total weight of the suspected THC oil was less than 1 gram, police said.
Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters arraigned Russell Tuesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram. He set Russell’s bond at $20,000.