- Tuesday November 26th, 2013 :: 09:56 a.m. CST
Deputies arrest Paul Clower, 38, and Lindsay Serbousek, 30, charged with various drug charges
Pair arrested on drug charges
A local man and woman were arrested on felony drug charges late Saturday following a routine traffic stop after they allegedly threw out a large bag of methamphetamines.
Paul Thomas Clower, 38, who lists an address of 363 Kaufman Road, was taken into custody shortly before 10:30 p.m. and charged with possession of a controlled substance, meth, with purpose to deliver, punishable by up to 30 years in prison, and possession of drug paraphernalia, punishable by up to six years.
His passenger, identified as Lindsay Jean Serbousek, 30, who lists an address of 122 Concord Point, was taken into custody at the same time and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, each punishable by up to six years in prison.
Clower remained in custody Monday in lieu of $12,500 bond, but Serbousek had bonded out. They are set to appear Dec. 10 in Garland County District Court.
According to reports, shortly before 9:30 p.m., Garland County sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Wharton was patrolling in the 4000 block of Spring Street when he saw a silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup driving over the speed limit and finally caught up to it near Bald Mountain Road.
The pickup continued over Slaughter Bridge and he was finally able to stop it in the 3900 block and make contact with the driver, identified as Clower, noting he was “nervous to the point of his hands shaking” while showing his license and registration.
Wharton asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle or on his person or his passenger, identified as Serbousek, and he stated, “Um, I don’t think so.” He asked him again since he didn’t seem sure and he reportedly stated, “Uh, not that I am aware of.” A criminal history check revealed Clower had several previous drug charges.
Wharton stated he realized he hadn’t seen any other occupants in the vehicle until he stopped it, and that the passenger could have dropped evidence out, so he called for GCSD Deputy Richard Huffman to assist with his K-9 partner, Cal.
While waiting for Huffman, Wharton began looking around the area of the pickup and along the bridge and found a plastic baggie containing approximately 14 grams of suspected meth on the side of the bridge that was on the passenger side of the vehicle. The report notes the estimated street value of the meth was $2,200.
Huffman arrived and escorted Cal around the vehicle and the dog reportedly alerted that there was some type of controlled substance or paraphernalia in the vehicle. In searching, they located a plastic bag in the back seat, which contained seven baggies with suspected meth residue, two syringes and two hard plastic containers with residue.
In searching Serbousek and her purse, he found plastic key holder box with baggies containing two methadone pills, two Butalbital pills, 0.4 grams of off-white powder, 0.4 grams of crushed up Xanax pills, 0.4 grams of a white rock substance, 0.7 grams of suspected meth and a glass smoking pipe.
Both suspects were taken into custody and agents with the 18th Judicial District East Drug Task Force were notified and responded to the detention center. Serbousek was questioned and reportedly told the DTF that Clower had handed her the big baggie of meth and instructed her to drop it outside her window while they were moving.
In addition to the drug charges, Clower was also cited for speeding, following too close and no proof of insurance.
Garland County Sheriff's Department
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