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Tips Lead To 3 Arrests, Discovery Of Controlled Substances At 2 Locations

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Tips lead to three arrests after controlled substances were found at two different rural addresses Wednesday morning, according to sheriff’s investigators.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office investigators, after receiving information of suspected narcotic activity in the Saltillo area, launched an investigation in to the alleged sale and use of controlled substances. That took the investigators to two different addresses, HCSO Chief Investigator Corley Weatherford and Investigators Wade Sheets and Michael Russell noted in arrest reports.

Ryan Albert Shores (HCSO jail photo

Investigators contacted occupant Ryan Albert Shores around 8:40 a.m. at a County Road 3531 address. Shores allegedly agreed to allowed the investigators to search the residence.

The HCSO investigators allegedly found used syringes and a metal spoon containing suspected methamphetamine on it. Shores admitted the substance belonged to him and was taken into custody around 9:20 a.m. for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, Sheets alleged in arrest reports

Shores remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday, May 21; bond on the controlled substance charge was set at $20,000, according to jail reports.

Ray Griffith (HCSO jail photo)

Investigators also contacted occupants at a County Road 3604 location Wednesday morning. One reportedly invited the officers into the residence, then, walked them Ray Griffith’s bedroom, and advised the cops were there to search.

Investigators reported seeing 66-year-old Ray Griffith throw a plastic wrapper and a glass pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke methamphetamine into a trash can.

Griffith agreed to let officers search his room, Russell alleged in arrest reports. Sheriff’s investigators retrieved the pipe and wrapper that had 0.036 gram of methamphetamine inside of it from the trash can beside the bed. A shotgun located on the bed beside Griffith was confirmed to have been stolen, the investigator noted in the report.

Investigators reported finding additional suspected methamphetamine elsewhere in the residence. Consequently, both Griffith and 55-year-old Robert Earl Smith were taken into custody just after 9:33 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the CR 3604 residence.

Robert Earl Smith (HCSO jail photo)

Griffith was booked into Hopkins County jail for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone, tampering with evidence and theft of a firearm, according to arrest reports. Griffith too was found to be wanted in Franklin County on a theft by check warrant; he remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday, May 21, according to jail reports.

Smith was booked into Hopkins County jail on possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone, according to arrest reports.

Smith remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday, May 21; bond on the felony controlled substance charge was set at $10,000, 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.

If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Author: Faith Huffman

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