Drug bust

Suspected drugs and paraphernalia found inside a vehicle during a Tuesday morning traffic stop by Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Deputies.

NACOGDOCHES — A Lufkin man is facing two felony and one misdemeanor charge after being arrested by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office during a traffic stop Wednesday.

Jason Emory Kennidy, 40, is charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, according to jail records.

Deputies pulled over the vehicle Kennidy and another, unnamed individual were were in just after 8 a.m. Tuesday in the 199 block of NE Stallings Drive, according to the sheriff’s office activity log.

“During the roadside contact, Kennidy appeared to be extremely nervous and conflicting statements were given,” said Sheriff Jason Bridges in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon.

Kennidy denied deputies permission to search the vehicle, so a K-9 was brought in, and the animal reportedly picked up the scent of drugs.

Deputies searched the vehicle and found 172 grams of suspected methamphetamine — roughly .37 lbs. — and scales, bags and other items “known to be used in the distribution of narcotics,” according to the release. Pipes used to allegedly smoke meth, Xanax and 4 grams of Fentanyl patches were found. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid “80-100 times stronger than morphine,” according to the DEA.

Kennidy faces a first-degree felony for the manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance charge, which carries a punishment range of between five and 99 years incarceration. The possession of a controlled substance is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years imprisonment. Both felonies also carry fines up to $10,000. The misdemeanor possession charge is punishable by up to a year in jail and up to $4,000 in fines, according to the Texas Penal Code.

Tim Monzingo's email address is tmonzingo@dailysentinel.com.