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Horseshoe Bay man arrested in drug stop

HORSESHOE BAY — A routine traffic stop landed a man in jail after a drug-sniffing dog discovered nearly three grams of suspected methamphetamines, police said Monday.

Stuart Jacob Saweyer, 22, of Horseshoe Bay was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and booked into the Llano County Jail, Police Chief Bill Lane said. Saweyer was released April 4 after posting a $25,000 bond, according to officials.

Lane said officers pulled over a motorist around 8:30 p.m. April 2 after his car was spotted turning onto Bay West Boulevard without using a turn signal.

"The person driving was asked to exit the vehicle and after he complied, the officer spotted a pistol protruding from under the seat," Lane said. "At this time, the subject … was placed in handcuffs for the officer’s protection."

A drug-sniffing dog from the Llano County Sheriff’s Office was called to search the vehicle, he said.

"The dog did alert on a pouch inside the vehicle, which was seized and appeared to have a white powder, a cooking spoon and measuring scales inside," Lane said. "There were also several small Ziploc-style bags, leading officers to believe that the (man) had intentions of selling the drugs."

Lane said police also seized $230 in cash from the vehicle, along with the pistol.

"We are investigating the pistol, and additional charges could be filed," he said.

Delivery of a controlled substance is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.