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DPS Car Chase Yields Big Drug Bust

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Wilbert J. Brown | Image by Smith County Judicial Records

A 47-year-old man was arrested in Tyler for several pounds of marijuana allegedly found in his possession after leading troopers on a pursuit.

The incident leading to the suspect’s arrest occurred on January 16 at around 10:30 p.m. in Smith County on CR 164.

Wilbert J. Brown, a Dallas resident, allegedly refused to stop after a Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper signaled for the 2015 Hyundai Sonata he was driving to pull over after a traffic violation.

According to DPS Sgt. Adam Albritton, the trooper pursued Brown’s vehicle after he failed to stop. The chase continued until Brown came to a stop at the Village on Broadway apartment complex in Tyler.

Brown allegedly exited the vehicle and took off on foot, attempting to flee the scene. The trooper continued the pursuit, tackling and apprehending the suspect.

When troopers searched Brown’s vehicle, they reportedly found 77 pounds of marijuana. He was charged with failure to identify – fugitive from justice, detention with a motor vehicle or evading arrest, and possession of marijuana amounting to more than 50 pounds and less than 2,000 pounds, according to KLTV.

In Dallas last year, drug-related crimes were especially prevalent in District 2, represented by Councilman Jesse Moreno. The district saw a 33% increase in reported drug crime year-over-year in November, as previously reported by The Dallas Express. Citywide there have been 597 drug violations reported since January 1, according to the Dallas Police Department’s dashboard.

Brown has been booked in the Smith County jail but he also had three other warrants out for his arrest out of Tarrant County. He is currently being held on a $375,500 bond.

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E H
E H
12 days ago

Thank you to Texas DPS for getting this scum off the road. Time to lock him up and throw away the key!

Bill
Bill
12 days ago

If you’re going to do tis kind of garbage move to New Mexico or Colorado or California or NY.

Anh
Anh
12 days ago

I don’t understand why people keep doing such illegal
Activity to get them into trouble with the laws.

Anna Williams
Anna Williams
12 days ago

I have property in East Texas. I pay someone to keep an eye on the land because people will plant illegal drugs on your property.

This is a stupid criminal, driving a Hyundai Sonata, probably 4 cylinder and driving fast.
The Highway Patrol with get your butt every time.

Criminals can’t get away with that mess when you are driving in East Texas plus they pay attention to your behavior. Plus this idiot is going to jump out of the car. These highway patrolmen are in shape. Not the the criminal. Thank you East Texas Patrolmen, for job well done. We don’t care about what other states are doing, DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS HIGHWAY PATROLMEN.

Djea3
Djea3
11 days ago

Let me see, the street value of that amount of pot is about $400,000. Considering he has probably sold that much many times before, he will be out on bail quickly.
I am unsure why the court would set bail at less than or even close to the value of the drugs?

Kyle
Kyle
Reply to  Djea3
11 days ago

Due process. You speak as though he’s already guilty.