Update: Man, woman arraigned after Monday's drug bust, manhunt

Manhunt on I20 near Hwy 31

UPDATE: GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - A man and woman from Bastrop, Louisiana, were arraigned in Gregg County's Justice Court this morning on felony marijuana charges.

According to arrest documents, 26-year-old Kindrex Lydell Richards and 24-year-old Samantha Shunta Johnson were traveling east on Interstate 20 in a blue Chrysler sedan in the left-hand lane without passing other vehicles, which led Gregg County patrol deputy Tracy Freeman to initiate a traffic stop of the sedan.

While talking with the pair, Freeman noticed a small bag of marijuana in the glove box, according to documents. Richards gave the deputy consent to search the vehicle, but he later took off with no shoes on across Interstate 20 and into a wooded area north of the freeway. At about 1:30 p.m. Monday, after a two-hour active search, Richards was seen walking down Marvin A. Smith Road in the direction of FM 1252, where he was taken into custody.

Johnson told Freeman that there were two pounds of marijuana in the vehicle, but deputies later found eight pounds of the drug.

Richards is in jail for possession of between five pounds and 50 pounds of marijuana, and evading arrest, and remains jailed today on $17,500 bond. Johnson is in jail on $15,000 bond, charged with felony marijuana possession.



UPDATE: GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - Gregg County Sheriff's Office Lt. Chuck Willeford tell KYTX CBS 19 that the man they were looking for Monday following a traffic stop on Interstate 20 is in custody.

The man was apprehended when he walked out of the woods near Jean Jones Road off of 1252.

He was transported to Gregg Co. jail.



UPDATE: GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - The active search for a man that fled in the area of FM 1252 near the Smith Family Cemetery after a traffic stop Monday morning has been called off.



GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - According to dispatch, Gregg County Sheriff's Office and Kilgore Police Department are looking for someone on the run near Interstate 20 and Texas Highway 31.


One female is in custody. Officers on the scene searched a late model Chrysler 300 and pulled out what looked like 8 large Ziploc bags of possibly marijuana.

Officers are searching the area near FM 1252, Landfill Road and Industrial Drive for another person.

The man is believed to be in the area of Smith Family Cemetery off of FM 1252. He is said to be wearing a red shirt, shorts, and only socks.

KYTX CBS 19 has a crew on the scene and will bring more updates as they become available.


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