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A Friday, Oct. 29 traffic stop at the 420 mile marker on Interstate 20 led Parker County Sheriff’s deputies to arrest an Arlington woman who was in possession of a large amount of suspected narcotics.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Wendy Ellen Smith, 30, also known as Wendy Escobar, was stopped around midnight on the I-20 service road for speeding 25 miles-per-hour over the posted limit and swerving across the yellow marked lane.
Smith did not have proof of insurance on the vehicle she was driving and said it was a “loaner” from a dealership, but could not produce a rental agreement. A search of the vehicle revealed 190 tablets of suspected MDMA (ecstasy) inside a container in Smith’s purse. She was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and was taken to the Parker County Jail, where she was booked in. Smith’s bond was set at $30,000, which she bonded out later that same morning.
Fowler said the case will be turned over the Parker County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of prosecution, pending lab results of the narcotics found.
MDMA is a stimulant narcotic causing feelings of reduced anxiety and producing a state of calmness with heightened energy levels. Side effects include serious drug interactions, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, a rise in blood pressure, grinding of teeth, muscle cramping and seizures. It is absorbed rapidly in the blood stream, weakening the body’s ability to break it down and can remain in one’s system for extended periods of time, ultimately causing unexpectedly high blood levels and weakening the cardiovascular system, leaving toxic effects. Additional usage of the drug, even weeks later, can cause overdose effects, as it has been reported to stay in the system for extended periods of time.