A 26-year-old Cleveland, Ohio man remained in Hopkins County jail Saturday morning on firearm and controlled substance charges resulting from an Interstate 30 traffic stop.
Hopkins County Sheriff‘s Deputy Jason Lavender reportedly initiated a traffic stop at 5:40 a.m. March 19 on a westbound Toyota Accent with Ohio license plate that was being driven in the inside lane of Interstate 30 for about 1 1/2 miles for traffic violations.
On contact, the driver was was identified at as Earnest Martin Crawford IV. Lavender alleged seeing “loose marijuana all over the center console” of the car while obtaining the man’s Ohio driver’s license. After obtaining consent, Lavender allegedly located a small amount of marijuana and a single Ecstasy tablet in the console and a tactical rifle in a bag and three magazines in the trunk of the car during a vehicle search.
A records check reportedly showed Crawford to be a convicted felon, resulting in his arrest at 7:30 a.m. March 19 for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance, according to jail reports. Bond was set at $50,000 on the third-degree felony firearm charge and $15,000 on the state jail felony controlled substance charge, 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.