Methamphetamine sales and use have increased during the last six months of 2018 according to the Sulphur Springs Special Crime Unit. Mark Estes, SCU officer, said methamphetamine has taken over the community and has become the focus for the unit. He stated that the unit is focused on all the Penalty Group 1 drugs which includes meth, heroin, and cocaine.
Sulphur Springs Special Crimes Unit consisting of SSPD officers Estes and Joe Scott has been in a lengthy investigation from July through December, 2018. During that time they have conducted 61 felony cases involving 27 defendants. Using confidential informants, they have seized 7.18 oz. of methamphetamine, 5-grams of crack cocaine, 2.5-grams of heroin, 2.5lbs of marijuana, 8lbs of mushrooms, seized currency totaling $21,099, seized two vehicles and six firearms.
Estes says marijuana is the gate-way drug to stronger drugs like meth and crack. He says it doesn’t take long for one to realize there is more money to be made in meth than marijuana.
Estes stated that the SCU works with Hopkins County and surrounding counties as well, when asked.