Sometimes a minor traffic or motor vehicle violation can open the door for the police to look further and make an arrest on more serious charges, such as drug possession. In Texas and throughout the country, this is a major source of drug arrests for local law enforcement agencies. One such arrest took place in Henderson County when a deputy who was patrolling Highway 274 observed a man operating his Ford Ranger with no front license plate. The stop ultimately led to an arrest on drug possession charges.
The minor license plate infraction allowed the sheriff's deputy to stop the vehicle and ticket or warn the driver about the purported violation. However, in this instance, the deputy detained the suspect and did a search for outstanding arrest warrants, which would seem to have had no connection to a plate violation. That search found a fugitive warrant for theft of over $50 and under $500. He arrested the suspect on account of the warrant.