Waco: Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest, Drug Seizure

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A traffic stop in Waco led to one arrest and the seizure of drugs and a firearm.

Gerald Wayne Howard (Jail photo)

WACO (July 31, 2014) Gerald Wayne Howard, 36, was held Thursday in the McLennan County Jail after he was arrested following a traffic stop during which drugs and a firearm were recovered.

Howard was stopped Wednesday for a traffic violation, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

The officer who pulled him over determined he had a prior felony conviction and then noticed a strong odor of marijuana in the car, Swanton said.

During a search of the vehicle the officer found a Baggie of marijuana, both powder and crack cocaine and a handgun.

Howard was ordered held in lieu of bonds totaling $17,000, charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of marijuana, jail records showed.

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