Dropped debit card in front of police leads to Port Arthur woman’s possession arrest

Published 12:42 am Saturday, May 29, 2021

A Port Arthur woman who reportedly gave police a fake name, dropped her debit card in front of officers tipping them off to her real name before she was arrested on a drug charge.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Daisha Jefferson, 39, for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine for the Jan. 23 incident.

Groves Police stopped a Toyota Prius that reportedly did not have license plates in the 5200 block of East Parkway. The driver allegedly told officers a name and birthdate that did not match any records. When questioned again she gave the same name but a different birthdate and still no record was found, according to the probable cause affidavit.

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The woman was asked to step out of the vehicle and when she did, police say she dropped a debit card with the name Daisha Jefferson.

When confronted by police, she reportedly gave her correct name and birthdate and said she lied about her identify because she was scared.

A check through central Dispatch showed the woman had outstanding Justice of the Peace warrants and during a consented search of her vehicle, police found cocaine, the document stated.

Daisha Jefferson was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Her name is not listed as an inmate at the Jefferson County Correctional facility as of Friday.

An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.