Deputy: Tossed cigarette leads to seizure of 30 grams of meth; two arrested

Steve Nash steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Sheriff's narcotics detective Robert Ramirez weighs methamphetamine that was seized in a traffic stop Thursday afternoon. Other seized items include a smoking pipe, small digital scales and what Ramirez described as "hide-a-cans" where narcotics are sometimes hidden.

Sheriff’s narcotics deputy Robert Ramirez was already suspicious of a vehicle with out-of-state plates as its operator drove through a residential neighborhood Thursday afternoon, seemingly with no purpose.

Hannah Poucher, the driver, tossed a cigarette out the window, Ramirez said Friday. That gave him probably cause to make a traffic stop, which led to the seizure of 30 grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana.

Poucher, 26, of Cisco, and her passenger, Sean Riffey, 33, of Breckenridge, were each charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in a drug free zone and possession of marijuana, Brown County Jail records state.

According to Ramirez’s report:

Ramirez and narcotics detective Carlyle Gover were working as a two-man criminal interdiction unit when they countered the vehicle at the intersection of Avenue B and First.

After the traffic stop, both of the vehicle’s occupants seemed nervous and had “discrepancies in their stories.” Ramirez and Gover asked for consent to search the vehicle, and the passenger surrendered marijuana.

Ramirez and Gover conducted a probable cause search and found 30 grams of methamphetamine including packaging in a backpack that was located in the rear seat.

The driver also had 3.7 grams of methamphetamine in her clothing.

Ramirez’s report alleged that the two possessed drugs within 1,000 feet of the Brownwood Infant and Toddler Head Start on Avenue D, which is a designated drug-free zone.

Investigators believe the methamphetamine was intended for distribution in Brownwood, Ramirez said.