TEXARKANA, Arkansas — State drug and forgery charges and federal mail theft and counterfeiting charges are pending against a Sevier County man in connection with a November 2020 traffic stop.
Tommy Wayne Anderson, 51, was allegedly driving a 2002 Ford Ranger truck without the owner's permission when he was pulled over by De Queen, Arkansas, police Nov. 2, 2020, according to a federal search warrant affidavit for a cell phone and flash drive on file in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas.
Anderson was allegedly in possession of 19.4 grams of methamphetamine "packaged in a manner to facilitate distribution."
Officers allegedly found evidence related to possible forgery on Anderson's person and in the truck.
"An inventory conducted by the De Queen Police Department and Sevier County sheriff's deputies of the truck revealed the presence of items typically associated with bank fraud, identity theft, possession of stolen mail and check counterfeiting inside the vehicle, including: various completed checks, a brief case with several packages of blank checks, negotiated checks, a used printer, a laptop computer with a digital thumb drive storage device in it, items of mail for numerous individuals, and boxed items that appeared to officers to have been recently purchased, including a new printer in a box," the affidavit states.
With the truck's owner's permission, investigators searched the truck the following day and allegedly found an identification card that was not Anderson's, packages of quitclaim deeds, promissory notes, powers of attorney, contractor agreements, bills of sale, claims of lien and check refills packaged for retail sale. Other items allegedly collected include check stubs drawn on the account of a Texas business, Texas birth certificates for various people, mail in stamped envelopes and more.
Investigators allegedly connected items found in Anderson's possession to a check fraud case reported to Sevier County Sheriff's Office in July 2020. Existing investigations in Naples, Texas, and Titus County, Texas, were allegedly linked to items in Anderson's possession as well.
Anderson allegedly used information taken from checks stolen from mailboxes to create counterfeit checks. The affidavit further notes Anderson's prior state and federal convictions for offenses such as possession of counterfeit security and fraudulent use of credit/debit card.
Prosecutors in Sevier County have charged Anderson with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, criminal possession of a forgery device and 10 counts of forgery. Anderson has pleaded not guilty.
Anderson was released from jail on a $25,000 bond in February and is scheduled for trial in late October on the state charges. A grand jury in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas issued an indictment in July charging Anderson with mail theft and counterfeiting.
Anderson entered a not guilty plea to the federal charges Aug. 5 at a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant. Anderson is currently free on a $5,000 unsecured appearance bond.
Anderson's federal case is set for trial Dec. 13 before U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey.