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TYLER – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized 158 grams of methamphetamine on July 18 after a traffic stop.

At approximately 11:05 a.m., a DPS Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a 2012 Hyundai passenger car on FM-1845 in Gregg County for a traffic violation. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted (the driver was found to be in possession of narcotics paraphernalia). During search of the vehicle, the Trooper discovered a zippered bag containing methamphetamine in the front seat passenger area. Also discovered during the search were three glass pipes commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and a portable digital scale.

The driver, Cory Peele, 39, of Longview and passenger Melody Hawthorne, 44, of Longview were arrested and charged with manufacture/delivery of a substance, penalty group one more than four grams but less than 200 grams.  Another passenger, David Jowers, 33, of Longview was arrested on a felony evading warrant out of Gregg County.  All were transported and booked into the Gregg County Jail.