The man involved in a recent hourslong standoff at a Tyler motel had a large quantity of meth, a stolen firearm and items related to selling narcotics, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Nasir Saleh-Saad Jabr, 35, of Tyler, was booked into the Smith County Jail on Dec. 6 after being involved in the Dec. 3 standoff with multiple local law enforcement agencies.

Charges include unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, manufacture or delivery of a penalty group one controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, tampering or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair, theft of a firearm, and tampering with identification numbers, according to jail records.

The standoff began after the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, with a warrant for Jabr’s arrest, attempted to initiate a traffic stop at 2:16 p.m. Dec. 3.

He then pulled into the parking lot at the Econo Lodge Inn and Suites at the intersection of U.S. Highway 69 and West Northwest Loop 323. Jabr let a woman, who has not been identified, out of the vehicle, but got back in the 2004 Toyota Tacoma and locked the doors. Deputies learned Jabr had two guns, which he brandished at officers.

The woman in the truck followed verbal commands from law enforcement to exit the vehicle. An officer then placed hand restraints on her wrists and placed her in the back of a sheriff’s office patrol car, according to the affidavit.

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said Jabr was seen, with the help of drones, cooking up heroin, shooting it in his arms and ingesting baggies of what the sheriff’s office believes to be methamphetamine.

The affidavit states Jabr was also seen consuming a large amount of suspected Klonopin, a drug used to prevent and control seizures. Law enforcement also saw a pistol on his waist. Jabr began to fall asleep while on the phone, according to the affidavit.

About 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, SWAT team personnel breached the rear window of Jabr’s pickup, tossed in a flash bang grenade and took him into custody. The officers shattered the driver’s door window and removed Jabr from the vehicle. He was taken to a UT Health emergency room for treatment. EMTs transporting him to the hospital administered Narcan en route, which is used in cases of overdose.

In the affidavit, authorities reported the following items in his vehicle: a black Taurus 1911 .45-caliber, silver and black Phoenix Arms Raven .25-caliber, silver and black 1911 .45-caliber pistol with obliterated markings, .25-caliber magazine ammunition, .45-caliber magazine ammunition, .45-caliber ammunition, a black holster, $1,021 from his wallet, a clear bag with suspected heroin residue, a package of unused syringes, three clear bags of suspected methamphetamine with weights of .48 grams, 1.81 grams and 5.26 grams, two syringes of brown liquid, one syringe of clear liquid, a clear bag of meth weighing 138 grams (tested positive in the field), a clear bag of marijuana weighing 5.32 grams, two cellphones, one digital scale and a large amount of packaging material.

Based on the amount of meth and the digital scale, money and packaging material, the affidavit said the items were indicative of someone selling narcotics.

Authorities also discovered Jabr stole the black Taurus 1911 .45-caliber in Tyler. Due to a prior drug conviction in 2013, he was in violation of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

He altered and destroyed evidence by consuming and injecting suspected narcotics. He also knowingly or intentionally removed the serial number of the silver and black 1911 .45-caliber pistol, the affidavit stated.

Jabr had a warrant for a parole violation. He has a lengthy record of drug violations, including possession of marijuana and possession of a penalty group one controlled substance in a drug free zone. Most recently, he was paroled on Sept. 20, 2018, with a parole expiration date of July 4, 2021.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Jabr was also a target as an active seller and distributor of narcotics in Smith County based on credible information from a confidential informant.

Negotiators with the sheriff’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety communicated with Jabr throughout the standoff. The Tyler Police Department also assisted during the standoff.

At one point, a DPS negotiator on the phone asked Jabr to put the guns on the floor board and to exit the vehicle. He was then seen holding one of the guns and pointing it at himself and in different directions inside the truck toward the general direction of the steering wheel, according to the affidavit.

He remains in Smith County Jail with two bonds of $750,000 each and three bonds of $100,000 each, according to jail records.



I came to the Tyler Morning Telegraph in September 2019. I report on crime, courts, breaking news and various events in Tyler and East Texas.

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