A Dallas man driving a motor home through Early Sunday night had no explanation when a police officer asked him during a traffic stop what was making him so nervous.
Early Police Sgt. Shawn Dibrell asked the man if he had heroin, and he laughed and said “no,” Dibrell said. When Dibrell asked about cocaine, he changed the subject and said there were weapons in the 1998 Intruder.
Dibrell, assisted by patrolman John Mills, located cocaine, marijuana and several weapons including an AR-15 rifle, several shotguns and pistols. Dibrell said the driver told him he owned one of the weapons for personal protection and also used the weapons for hunting.
The driver, Phillip Jones, 39, of Dallas, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance over 1 gram and under 4 grams, unlawful carrying a weapon, and possession of marijuana under 2 ounces, Brown County Jail records state.
Dawn Stewart, 45, also of Dallas and a passenger in the motor home, was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces. Jones said Stewart is his wife, Dibrell said.
Both remained jailed Monday afternoon. Bonds had not been set.
Dibrell said he stopped the motor home around 11:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 183 North in front of Heartland Mall. Dibrell said he stopped it because the flatbed trailer attached to the motor home did not have a working license plate light.
Dibrell said he shined his flashlight in the vehicle’s mirror and motioned for the driver to come outside. He said he discovered later that the driver had a .22 caliber pistol on the floor between the driver’s seat and window.
“Luckily I didn’t walk up there,” Dibrell said.
Dibrell said although he asked the man about heroin, he knew the answer would be “no” because nobody has heroin around here. “I was suspecting cocaine or methamphetamine because he was constantly smacking his lips,” Dibrell said.
He said the Joneses indicated they were driving from Brady to Dallas when police stopped the motor home.
Dibrell said he understands that Jones sells air conditioning parts wholesale.
Federal charges are possible, Dibrell said.
Police Chief David Mercer said police have confiscated the weapons and motor home, and will file seizure orders with the district attorney’s office.