A stop at a Killeen gas station ultimately led to a brief police chase and the arrest of a man now charged with money laundering and possession of marijuana.
Deonte Hicks, 23, of Killeen, was jailed in Bell County Jail Thursday morning on charges of laundering less than $ 30,000 and possession of marijuana under five pounds – both crimes committed in state prison .
According to an arrest affidavit, on April 26, a Killeen police officer noticed a brown vehicle parked at a gas pump with the gas tank facing away from the pump. The officer watched a man exit the brown car and climb into the back seat of a black Dodge Journey parked at another pump before returning to his vehicle, police said.
Believing that a “drug deal” had just occurred, the officer walked over to the brown car to detain the vehicle, but “the vehicle evasively passed through the parking lot” and eventually fled, according to the police.
Instead, the officer followed the black Dodge Journey and conducted a roadside check, according to the affidavit, after the vehicle failed to signal the required distance before a turn.
The driver of the black Dodge Journey has been identified as Deonte Hicks, who was driving with passenger Uriel McKinson.
McKinson was jailed in Bell County Jail in April on similar charges of money laundering and possession of marijuana, according to the Bell County Jail Inmates website.
According to the affidavit, McKinson & Hicks admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle.
During a vehicle search, officers found additional marijuana, suspected tetrahydrocannabinol, a stolen gun, a digital scale, bags and rubber bands commonly used to package narcotics for sale, police said. .
McKinson had $ 24,425 in cash on him, police said, and an additional $ 21,758 in cash was claimed by Hicks.
“Hicks told officers he was currently unemployed,” police said. “McKinson told agents that $ 6,000 belonged to his sister and that he made the rest of the money making music.”
Hicks’ total bail has been set at $ 70,000, according to the Bell County Jail Inmates website.