A man from Gary and a woman from Longview were arrested Tuesday after the Panola County Sheriff’s Office said a K-9 dog found numerous drugs and guns in their car.
Panola County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stephen Gillie arrested Craig Mitchell Milam, 31, of Gary and Cheyenne Nicole Ballard, 24, of Longview after pulling them over for reckless driving.
Both have been charged with possession of a controlled substance penalty in group one measuring between four and 200 grams, possession of a controlled substance in penalty group two measuring between four and 400 grams, possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1A measuring less than 2O AU, possession of marijuana measuring between four ounces and five pounds, possession of a controlled substance in penalty group three measuring less than 28 grams and two counts of unlawful carrying of weapon.
Panola County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jeff Ivy said that a 911 transfer call came in Tuesday from Rusk County about a reckless driver coming in on U.S. 79 South.
“Deputy Stephen Gille responded to that area, he observed the vehicle that matched the description, made contact with that vehicle,” Ivy said. “He made contact with a female driver and a male passenger. Due to some conflicting stories and nervous behavior, he asked for consent to search the vehicle, believing that there was some type of criminal activity taking place. He was denied consent. He later contacted the K-9 unit. The K-9 came out and did an alert on the vehicle. After the alert from the K-9, they did a search and there were numerous drugs found inside the vehicle along with some firearms.”
Both Milam and Ballard were released Tuesday on bonds totaling $15,250