SCU Investigation, Traffic Stop Result In 4 Controlled Substance Arrests

A SCU investigation of a 33-year-old Sulphur Springs man for possession or distribution of methamphetamine ultimately resulted in 4 controlled substance arrests, Sulphur Springs Police Special Crimes Unit Lt. Mark Estes and Sgt. Joe Scott alleged in arrest reports.

Elzie Antwain Sneed (HCSO jail photo)

The SCU investigators reported purchasing large quantities of suspected methamphetamine from 33-year-old Elzie Antwain Sneed of Sulphur Springs. The buys occurred on several occasions during their investigation. The SCU officers then obtained two first-degree felony warrants for Sneed’s arrested for manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and one second-degree felony warrant for manufacture or delivery of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

SCU investigators then began surveillance of a known address in an attempt to locate and serve Sneed with the warrants. They reported seeing Sneed driving a Cadillace Deville. A traffic stop of the vehicle was initiated on League Street at Connally Street at 5:31 p.m. July 1, 2020.

Melanie Mercedes Edwards (HCSO jail photo)

Sneed was placed into handcuffs and set inside a patrol vehicle while officer searched the car. The SCU officers alleged seeing MDMA (known commonly as Ecstasy) in plain view in the front passenger’s seat. The substance field-tested positive for MDMA.

Consequently, all four occupants of the car — Sneed; 26-year-old Melanie Mercedes Edwards of Eastland; and 21-year-old Taylor Nicole Boyett and 17-year-old Valerie Nichole Covington, both of Sulphur Springs, were arrested at 5:48 p.m. July 1 on a charge of possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance in a drug-free zone. The arrest occurred within 1,000 feet of Kids Kingdom.

Taylor Nicole Boyett (HCSO jail photo)

Boyett, Covington Edwards and Sneed remained in the county jail July 2. Bond was set at $10,000 each on the third-degree felony controlled substance charge. Sneed’s bond was set at $100,000 on each of the first-degree felony warrants and $50,000 on the second-degree felony warrant and $10,000 bond on the third-degree felony charge, according to jail reports.

Sneed’s arrest July 1 marked the second time in five months he was booked into Hopkins County jail. He was arrested Feb. 19 on a no driver’s license charge, according to arrest reports.

Valerie Nichole Covington

July 1 is also not the first time Sneed has been charged with controlled substance offenses. He spent Aug. 20, 2004 to Dec. 8, 2004, in Hopkins County jail on five manufacture or delivery of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charges on which he was indicted.

Sneed also spent Aug. 3, 2015 to Jan. 21, 2016, in the county jail on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge for which he received a 20-year sentence, manufacture or delivery of less than 1 gram of a Penalty group 1 controlled substance and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, according to HCSO jail records.


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Author: Faith Huffman

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