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Sulphur Springs Woman Sentenced On Controlled Substance Charge

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A 47-year-old Sulphur Springs woman has been assessed time in a substance abuse felony punishment facility, according to arrest and jail reports.

Cathy Sue Pichardo

Cathy Sue Pichardo was slated to appear in court Monday morning to enter a guilty plea on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone.

She was taken into custody in district court Monday by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Marney, after being sentenced to a SAFPF commitment on the controlled substance charge. Marney transported Pichardo to the county jail, where she is being held pending transfer to a substance abuse felony punishment facility, according to arrest and jail reports.

Pichardo had at least two prior controlled substance and three prior marijuana possession charges on her record at the time of her arrest August 15, 2019 for possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone and evading arrest or detention in a vehicle, according to jail reports.

The Aug. 15, 2019, allegedly followed a brief pursuit in Sulphur Springs from Brinker Street to Jefferson Street, where the tires of the vehicle Pichardo was driving were spiked. Police alleged a bag of suspected marijuana and several bags of suspected methamphetamine were found in her possession, according to sheriff’s and police reports released following her arrest. She remained in the county jail on the controlled substance and evading arrest charge until Oct. 4, according to jail reports.

Pichardo previously was sentenced to probation on one controlled substance charge, and 6 months in a state jail for a controlled substance possession conviction; she served from Feb. 22 to Aug. 6, 2018, in the county jail on the latter, according to jail reports.


The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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