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94 Hydrocodone Pills Found During Interstate 30 Traffic Stop

According to sheriff’s reports, 94 hydrocodone pills were found during an Interstate 30 traffic stop. The person who had them allegedly admitted he did not have a valid prescription.

Hopkins County Sheriff‘s Deputy Thomas Patterson reported stopping a gray Ford Fusion at 1:23 a.m. July 28, 2020 at mile marker 122 on Interstate 30 for traveling 79 miles per hour in a 75 mph speed zone.

No HCSO jail photo available for Mike Lee Monroe

While talking to the lone occupant, a 57-year-old Austin man, Patterson reported asking permission to search the car. When Mike Lee Monroe refused, Patterson retrieved his partner, K-9 Chiv, from his patrol vehicle.

Chiv performed an olfactory sniff of the vehicle’s exterior. Chiv gave a positive alert for narcotics, resulting in a probable cause search of the car by Patterson, the deputy alleged in arrest reports. The deputy alleged finding a sealable baggy containing 94 hydrocodone pills, 42.1 grams worth.

Monroe admitted he did not have a prescription for the pills, resulting in his arrest for possession of 28 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance. The pills were confirmed using to be 325 mg hydrocodone bitartrate, a drug requiring a prescription.

Monroe was released from Hopkins County jail later July 28 on a $20,000 bond on the third-degree felony charge, according to jail reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle

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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