Two vehicles on the shoulder of State Highway 154 at Restlawn Cemetery caught the attention of Hopkins County deputies at 10 p.m. Thursday night. The deputy thought it might be a public service motorist assist with a problem with one of the vehicles. Instead, it led to an arrest.
One of the individuals involved at the scene became nervous and began to shake. The deputy asked permission to search the vehicles but was denied his request. During conversation, a second deputy noted a clear plastic baggie sitting in the grass near one of the vehicles, a silver Taurus. The baggie contained three Xanax pills. A K-9 was called and performed a positive alert on the vehicle.
Jeffery Edward Mower, Jr. 25, of Sulphur Springs (picture not available) claimed possession of the baggie and contents. Mower is in Hopkins County Jail charged with Tamper/Fabricate Physical Evidence with Intent to Impair and Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3, less than 28-grams.