Large amount of meth dumped out on highway

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Wichita Falls Police Department Special Operations officers made a traffic stop of suspected meth dealers, but not before they said the suspects dumped several bags of meth out of their SUV and continued traveling north down Central Freeway.

Officers tried to stop the vehicle on the Lloyd Ruby Overpass for speeding four miles over the limit near 12th Street. They said the SUV kept going, and at the 6th Street exit, they signaled they were exiting but kept going.

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Officers said they could see a large amount of white crystal-like powder being dumped out the passenger side window at the 8th Street ramp. The dumping of powder, along with clear bags, continued for some time until the SUV finally pulled over in the 100 block of Central Freeway.

Officers said the effort to dispose of all the powder was not successful, as they could see suspected meth in the passenger seat, and they found a large clear bag with a large amount of suspected meth inside a backpack.

The powder in the vehicle and any recovered along the road tested positive for meth and amounted to more than 1,000 grams.

The driver of the vehicle, Joseph Rickman, 35, of Wichita Falls, is charged with the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.

The passenger, Michael Keith Smith, 49, of Iowa Park, has the same charges.

Smith has had numerous prior arrests for possession of drugs or transport of chemicals used to make drugs and had his probation revoked for a drug conviction.

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