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East Texas fugitive behind bars after chase in Gun Barrel City

Tyler, Texas (KETK) - A fugitive is behind bars after being arrested on Tuesday in Gun Barrel City.

According to Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, Jeremy Meeks, 33, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine after a foot chase through the woods.

Sheriff Hillhouse says a deputy spotted Meeks in a vehicle traveling on Welch Lane on Tuesday evening.

When he stopped the car on Harbor Point Road in Gun Barrel City, Meeks got out and ran into a wooded area, ignoring repeated commands to stop.

The deputy caught Meeks as he was attempting to hide several items that where in his pockets in the leaves on the ground, according to Sheriff Hillhouse.

Multiple plastic baggies commonly used for the sale and distribution of narcotics were found by the deputy, along with multiple bags containing crystal meth.

Meeks was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and evading arrest. He also faces charges for the outstanding warrants for assault family violence and criminal trespassing of a habitation.

“It is never a smart move to run from our deputies,” Sheriff Hillhouse said. “We don’t give up. And Meeks now is in jail facing a multitude of charges that only got worse when he decided to flee.”

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