$140K in drugs seized during traffic stop

Published 12:11 am Friday, January 10, 2020

Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force Deputies stopped a gray Dodge Charger Wednesday for speeding on Interstate 10, near the 841-mile marker in Beaumont.

Jesse Tobon

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was identified as 32-year-old Jesse Tobon of Rosharon.
During the course of the traffic stop, deputies observed Tobon to be overly nervous and he refused a request to search his vehicle.
A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office drug detection K-9 conducted a free air sniff of Tobon’s vehicle. The K-9 gave a positive alert to the presence of illegal narcotics. After the positive K-9 alert, a search was conducted of Tobon’s vehicle.
The search resulted in deputies locating five large plastic boxes each containing amounts of suspected crystal methamphetamine that was located in the rear seat and floorboard. The weight of the suspected meth was more than 11 pounds, with an approximate street value of $140,800.

During the search, a firearm was also located in the vehicle.
Tobon was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

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His bond was set at $250,000.