March 26, 2013
JAMAICA BEACH, TX - Thursday Galveston Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 14000 block of FM 3005 on West Galveston Island. While speaking with the driver, Michael Christopher Ellerbe, 27, of Galveston, the officer could smell the odor of burning marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Ellerbe and the passenger Taylor Nichole Karras, 23, of Jamaica Beach, were removed from the car and Marijuana was observed in plain. Ellerbe claimed it was his. He was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and arrested. Bail was set at $2,500.
Taylor Karras Michael Ellerbe
Karras was released without being charged.
The following day Narcotics officers went to Karras's residence in Jamaica Beach for a follow-up investigation.
There officers could see narcotics paraphernalia through a window and smell the odor of burning marijuana coming from the inside when Ellerbe opened the door.
Officers also could hear the toilet flushing repeatedly inside the residence and believed evidence was being flushed down the toilet. They entered and found Taylor Karras leaving the restroom and found marijuana floating in the toilet. It was collected as evidence.
Both Ellerbe and Karras were arrested and charged with Tampering with Evidence and booked into the Galveston County Jail in lieu of bail.