POSTED: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 7:40am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:55am
Kilgore, Texas (KETK) — Two East Texas women are behind bars after a routine traffic stop ended in an altercation between authorities and the suspects and the discovery of drugs.
Heather Nicole Thomas, aka Coca Monaé-De Trop, 21, of Laird Hill, and Brittnie Smith, aka Markell Neva-Fail, 22, of Tyler, were arrested by the Kilgore Police Department after Thomas started an altercation with an officer concerning an outstanding warrant.
Thomas was stopped by officials around 10:30 a.m., Monday morning for driving over the speed limit, 68 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone on Highway 135.
According to police, Thomas began yelling at authorities, saying she did not have a warrant in her name. As police tried to detain Thomas, she attempted to slip from the officer's grasp. Smith then got out of the car and tried to break Thomas free. Smith was screaming at officers, telling them she was a criminal justice major and knew the officers were not following protocol, the police report states.
It was later discovered Smith was also in the possession of drugs.
According to her Facebook page, Thomas is a rapper and singer/songwriter
Smith and Thomas were booked into the Gregg County Jail but have since posted bail.
According to judicial records, Thomas was also arrested in 2010 on theft charges.