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Man jailed on drug, weapon charges

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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An Electra man was arrested on drug and weapon charges during a traffic stop this weekend.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a car headed south of U.S. 81/287 was stopped for a traffic violation by a deputy about two miles north of Decatur Sunday night around 10.

The deputy requested a Decatur Police Department officer and a K-9 unit respond.

“The dog detected the presence of illegal drugs in the car,” Akin said. “A subsequent search revealed more than 9 grams of methamphetamine, glass pipes with residue, five unused glass pipes, items for weighing and packaging illegal drugs and a stolen Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol.”

Joseph Michael Depriest

The driver, Joseph Michael Depriest, 32, of Electra was arrested for felony-level offenses of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, theft of a firearm, and possession of methamphetamine more than 4 grams.

He remained in the Wise County Jail Monday with total bond set at $60,000.

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