A Hearne man was arrested Friday afternoon after state troopers found nine bags of suspected methamphetamine in his car, officials said.

According to the Department of Public Safety, around 5 p.m., two state troopers patrolling Sandy Point Road in Bryan noticed a car with a blown tire stopped on the side of the road. The troopers pulled over to assist the motorist, who was traveling with a woman passenger. A report notes the driver, Kenneth Chappell, 28, of Hearne, appeared to be nervous and did not make eye contact with the troopers. Dispatch told the troopers Chappell had two warrants out of Robertson County.

A report notes that Chappell eventually admitted he had methamphetamine and marijuana in the car. Troopers searched the vehicle and found marijuana, a pipe and nine plastic bags of what is believed to be meth, authorities said. The suspected meth was stored in a bag that contained Chappell’s driver’s license. The passenger was allowed to leave the scene as the vehicle was towed.

Chappell is charged with manufacturing or delivery of more than four grams of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison; parole violation, misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and possessing drug paraphernalia and existing warrants. He remains in the Brazos County Jail on $21,700 bond.

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