Heroin, Meth Located Following FM 1536 Traffic Stop

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Suspected black tar heroin and methamphetamine were located following a a FM 1536 traffic stop later Tuesday night. The passenger, a 42-year-old Sulphur Springs man, was arrested on possession charges and a misdemeanor warrant, according to arrest reports.

Robert Neil Brown

Hopkins County Sheriff Office deputies reported stopping a Saturn Aura at 10:31 p.m. April 28 on FM 1536 for having a defective brake light, one that was high center mounted. The driver steered the car onto a residential property before stopping, HCSO Sgt. Tanner Steward and Deputy Justin Wilkerson alleged in arrest reports.

Deputies contacted the passenger, who communications operators reported had an outstanding warrant for violation of probation, which he was on for a driving while intoxicated charge. Robert Neil Brown was asked to exit the car and taken into custody, according to arrest reports.

A search of the car reportedly revealed no contraband. Thus, the driver was given a verbal warning for the defective high mounted brake light, then released in the vehicle. Brown, however, was transported from the address of the FM 1536 traffic stop by deputies to the county jail in a patrol vehicle, according to arrest reports.

Upon arrival at the jail, deputies observed Brown moving around in the back seat. When asked if he had anything illegal on him, Brown allegedly admitted to having a hypodermic syringe in his boot. Deputies removed the syringe, which deputies allege had a small amount of liquid in it, then released Brown to jail staff, Steward and Wilkerson alleged in arrest reports.

While he was checking the back seat of the patrol vehicle, a jailer informed the deputy he found a small bag in Brown’s waistband, Steward and Wilkerson alleged in arrest reports. The bag allegedly contained one smaller bag with a crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine and another that field-tested positive for black tar heroin. The liquid in the syringe also allegedly field-tested positive for meth as well. The baggy of suspected meth weighed 1.84 grams and the bag of suspected heroin weighed 0.4 grams, deputies alleged in arrest reports.

Consequently, the 24-year-old Sulphur Springs man was booked into jail on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and less than 1 gram of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, as well as the warrant for violation of probation, which he was on for DWI, according to arrest reports.

He remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday morning. Bond was set at $10,000 on the third-degree felony controlled substance charge and at $5,000 on the two other charges, 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.

Author: Faith Huffman

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