A center man is behind bars at the Nacogdoches County Jail following a traffic stop Wednesday night, November 17, that led to the seizure of 1.2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine. A deputy with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a 2000 Chevy Tahoe for a license plate violation. The traffic stop occurred on FM 2863/Press Road, which is located just to the east of the hotel district on Highway 59 South in Nacogdoches.

A release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) indicates that upon contact with the driver, who gave a false name, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The deputy conducted a search of the vehicle due to having probable cause. The search revealed 1.2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine that was located inside of a backpack in the interior of the SUV. That amount of crystal meth has an approximate street value of $5,000. The deputy also found a Smith & Wesson .357 pistol inside the vehicle along with other drug paraphernalia.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested at the scene and was identified as Jerry Akins, 34, from Center, Texas. Akins was transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a 1st degree felony, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a 3rd degree felony, failure to ID – fugitive, a Class A misdemeanor, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Contributed Photo/NCSO
Contributed Photo/NCSO


Akins also has several outstanding warrants for his arrest for charges stemming from Nacogdoches and San Augustine Counties.

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