POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 2:13pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 1:38pm
Mineola, Texas (KETK) — An East Texas man is calling the Wood County Jail home after he was arrested during a drug interdiction stop.
At approximately 9:00 p.m., Thursday, Wood County Sheriff’s Office Investigators encountered and arrested Eric McQuilliams, 25, of Mineola on Highway 80 in Mineola.
Investigators found McQuilliams in a vehicle and realized he had outstanding warrants for probation violation. The deputies took McQuilliams into custody on the warrants.
Upon further investigation, and with the assistance of a Smith County K-9 unit, the investigators discovered in McQuilliams car an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine, marijuana, scales and other items associated with the sell and transportation of narcotics. As a result of the search investigators seized two cars as well as over $25,000 in cash.
Also found in the vehicle with McQuilliams were several handguns, one of which was reported to be stolen out of Kilgore.
McQuilliams is being held in the Wood County Jail charged with the probation violation, as well as possession with intent to deliver marijuana and methamphetamine. He is also being charged with felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.
McQuilliams claimed to have ties with the Mexican Cartel and admittedly is one of the largest dealers in this area.