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Cocaine, Methamphetamine Allegedly Found During Sulphur Springs Traffic Stop

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A 39-year-old Sulphur Springs man and 37-year-old Alba man were reportedly arrested after cocaine and methamphetamine were found during a routine traffic stop at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, on Putman Street, according to sheriff’s reports.

Constantino Santiago-Perez

Both the driver, Constantino Santiago-Perez of Alba, and passenger, Gerardo Berrones-Gamez of Sulphur Springs, were reported to show signs of nervousness, which resulted in a search of the Chevrolet Tahoe, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Davis and Cpl. Todd Evans noted in arrest reports.

A search of the driver’s pockets allegedly revealed a folded one-dollar bill in his watch pocket. The officers alleged a white, powdery substance they suspected to be cocaine was visible. A small clear packaging was reportedly observed in the area where the driver had been standing. On closer inspection, the officers alleged a crystal-like substance the suspected was methamphetamine was located. A search of the passenger’s pockets revealed a torn bag containing a crystal-like substance the officer believed to be meth.

Gerardo Berrones-Gamez

Consequently, both men were arrested for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. Santiago-Perez also was had a second charge, for possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, according to arrest reports.

Berrones-Gamez and Santiago-Perez both remained in Hopkins County jail Monday morning, Feb. 3, in lieu of $5,000 bond on the possession of less than 1 gram of controlled substance charge. Santiago-Perez’s bond on the other controlled substance charge was set at $10,000 on the charge, according to jail reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Truck
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol trucks

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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