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Narcotics agents with Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office recover marijuana during traffic stop Tuesday

Narcotics agents conducted additional surveillance Wednesday where two men were arrested.
Credit: Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office Facebook

TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas — Narcotics agents with the Taylor County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by William Ryan Pierce, 28, of Tye.

According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Facebook post, a sheriff's office K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle and approximately 14 pounds of marijuana were recovered.

Agents obtained a search warrant for a home in  Abilene where a rifle, more than eight pounds of marijuana and more than four pounds of methamphetamine were recovered.

Agents obtained a second search warrant to search a storage building. Inside the building, agents recovered more than 100 vape cartridges containing 1000mg of TCH each. 

In total, agents recovered more than $100,000 worth of marijuana, $90,000 worth of methamphetamine and $10,000 worth of THC, according to the post.

Additionally, narcotics agents conducted surveillance on Wednesday, Mar. 3 on a black SUV in front of a residence on Cactus Trail. 

Deputies observed two males,  a passenger identified as Anthony Lerma, 22, of Haskell, and the driver identified as Jason Mitchell, 26, of Abilene. 

Lerma had a warrant for his arrest. 

One of the two occupants was the possible supplier for the drugs recovered Mar. 2. 

As agents contacted the vehicle, Lerma tried to flee on foot. Mitchell rammed the SUV into a narcotics vehicle and attempted to run over a narcotics supervisor. 

The supervisor fired multiple times into the SUV to stop the threat, according to the post. 

The SUV missed the supervisor and went through two fences before crashing into a storage building.

Both men were arrested and taken to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office for questioning. 

There were no injuries reported during the arrest.