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Traffic Stop Nets Controlled Substances, Arrest Of 2 Sulphur Springs Residents

A League Street traffic stop Sunday evening resulted in location of more than 6 grams of suspected methamphetamine, pills and a Sulphur Springs pair’s arrest on controlled substance charges, according to police reports.

Sulphur Springs Police Officer Sean Hoffman reported stopping a Chevrolet Prism at 4:58 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 in the 100 block of League Street. Hoffman contacted the occupants from the passenger’s side window. The driver was identified in arrest reports as Suzanne Baca, 55, of Sulphur Springs and passenger as 49-year-old Luis Antonio Herrera of Sulphur Springs.

Hoffman alleged both Baca and Herrera to appear very nervous, Herrera to the point their hands were shaking excessively. An open container was also reportedly visible in the vehicle. Hoffman reportedly asked Herrera to step out of the car for a pat down. Herrera allegedly removed a baggy with pills later identified as acetaminophen and codeine phosphate, resulting in him being placed into handcuffs on a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance charge, Hoffman alleged in arrest reports.

Hoffman then had Baca step out of the car. She had a brown napkins protruding from her waistband. When asked about it, she allegedly removed it and told the officer it was just a napkin. However, she clenched her fist, where Hoffman alleged he could see a clear baggy. She was asked to drop it. When it fell, Hoffman alleged he could see two clear bags with a crystal-like substance he believed to be methamphetamine.

The pair was taken to jail, where the baggies and substance weighed 6.23 grams resulting in Baca being charged on a Penalty Group 1 possession charge.

Baca, who jail reports state is also known by the aliases Suzanne Marie Vaughun, Suzanne McClain and Suzanne Vaughun-Marintez, remained in the county jail Monday morning, Sept. 2. Her bond was set at $20,000 on the possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.

Herrera remained in Hopkins County jail Monday morning, Sept. 2. Bond was set at $5,000 on the possession of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone charge, according to jail reports.

Author: Faith Huffman

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