By Brad Kellar

Herald-Banner Staff

An arraignment hearing for a Rockwall County man, indicted on drug possession charges for allegedly carrying methamphetamine near Royse City High School, has been delayed.

Andy Chavez was not in the 196th District Court Friday for his arraignment, because he was reportedly in custody in another county’s jail.

Chavez, 21, of Fate, was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in May on one count each of possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, in an amount of less than one gram and taking a prohibited substance into a correctional facility.

Chavez was alleged to have possessed methamphetamine in a Drug Free Zone, namely a playground on FM 2642, within 1,000 feet of Royse City High School, when he was arrested by the Royse City Police Department on Nov. 3, 2006. Chavez was also alleged to have had methamphetamine in his possession as he was being booked into the Hunt County Jail.

A criminal complaint filed as part of court records reveals that the location was just south of the Interstate 30 south service road. The vehicle in which Chavez was a passenger had been pulled over after it allegedly disregarded a stop sign.

After receiving permission to search the vehicle, the officer reportedly discovered a white ceramic dinner plate covered in “a white powdery substance” under the driver’s seat. A silver spoon covered in the same substance was also discovered and Chavez was alleged to have told the officer that both items were his.

Upon being booked in to the Hunt County Jail, officers allegedly discovered Chavez was carrying a small, Zip-Lock bag containing a small amount of the suspected substance.

Chavez was scheduled to be arraigned and enter an initial plea Friday morning but did not appear. It was later discovered he was in custody in the Limestone County jail.

A date for Chavez’s rescheduled arraignment was not immediately set.

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