A Texas City man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison over a drug arrest made during a traffic stop in October 2016.

A jury found Willard Bernard Welch, 36, of Texas City, guilty Tuesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance between 4 grams to 200 grams, Assistant District Attorney Anthony Smith said.

Galveston County Sheriff’s Office deputies pulled Willard over in October 2016 because of a bad break light and he argued with deputies about the stop, Smith said.

Deputies later found several packages of a substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, Smith said.

Willard must serve five years of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Smith said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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Randy Chapman

A bad break light? Does anyone proofread anything at the GDN?

Gary Scoggin

Bad break, Willard! 😏

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