HENDERSON COUNTY–A traffic stop in the Chandler area April 4 by one of Henderson County’s K-9 teams ended with a Dallas man in jail for possession of heroin.
“While methamphetamines are the most common illegal drug we find, we stay vigilant for any contraband,” Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said. “In this case, an alert deputy and a well-trained K-9 discovered this dangerous narcotic and got the driver off the roads.”
Zachary Ryan Timmins, 33, of Dallas, was recklessly driving on FM 315 in the Chandler area. After repeatedly crossing the white line separating lanes of traffic, Deputy Meagan Hogan pulled him over at Winchester Road.
Timmins said he was talking on the phone while driving, and he refused the deputy’s request to search his vehicle. When questioned, he said he had previously been arrested for burglary and drugs.
Deputy K-9 Max was called to the vehicle after Hogan spotted an orange container hanging from the suspect’s key chain on his belt. Inside, was a black substance believed to be heroin.
Max performed an open-air sniff and alerted on the driver’s side of the vehicle. A leather pouch containing several syringes – one loaded with heroin – was found.
Timmins was arrested and taken to the Henderson County Jail. Bond was set at $8,500. Timmins was released April 5.