Five People Arrested By HCSO On Controlled Substance, Related Charges

Five people were arrested August 18-20 by deputies on controlled substance and related charges, according to sheriff’s reports.

State Highway 19 North Arrests

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Wilkerson conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet 3500 pulling a white livestock trailer with an obscured license plate on the trailer at 9:22 p.m. August 18, 2020. HCSO Sgt. Tanner Steward also responded as a cover unit at the traffic stock on State Highway 19 at FM 1536.

Cody Ray Self (HCSO jail photo)

When the driver handed Wilkerson his ID, the deputy noted in arrest reports that the man’s hand nervously shook. Both driver and passenger were asked to exit the pickup. They were patted them down for officer safety. Deputy Chris Baumann arrived as an additional cover unit. When the occupants refused the HCSO officers’ request to search the pickup, they called for Deputy Drew Fisher to bring his canine partner, Maly, to the location.

Maly reportedly gave a positive alert during an open air olfactory search of the vehicle. A probable cause search allegedly revealed a loose crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine in the driver’s side door and a piece of plastic bag of the kind commonly used to package narcotics under the passenger’s seat, Wilkerson and Steward alleged in arrest reports..

HCSO Sgt. Investigator Dennis Findley and Bo Fox, a special cattle ranger with Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, arrived to assist as well.

Wilkerson, Steward and Baumann placed into custody at 10:16 p.m. August 18 47-year-old Cody Ray Self of Sulphur Springs on a possession of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge and the passenger, a 25-year-old Sulphur Springs man, on a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge, according to arrest reports.

Baumann transported the passenger to jail. Wilkerson, Fox and Findley transported the truck, trailer and livestock to Self’s rural residence. The truck, trailer and animals were left at the residence. Self, who was in Wilkerson’s custody was transported to jail, where he was booked on the controlled substance charge after the crystal-like substance field-tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 0.185 gram. Self was charged with possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Self was released from Hopkins County jail August 20; bond on the controlled substance charge was set at $5,000. The arrest marked the third time this year that Self has been in Hopkins County jail. He was also arrested February 4 for violation of probation, which he was on for a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge; Feburary. 14 after his bond was revoked on a possession of 1 gram ore more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.

The 25-year-old passenger was also released from the county jail on Thursday, August 20, on the drug paraphernalia charge, according to jail reports.

South Broadway Street Traffic Stop

At 3:38 a.m. August 20, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Marney conducted a traffic stop on a Lincoln passenger car with defective license plate lights that was traveling north on South Broadway Street.

No HCSO jail photo available for Truston Guage McDonald

Upon contact with the driver, Marney detected a marijuana odor emitting from the vehicle. Found, under the driver’s seat in a bag the man claimed as his, was a small bag containing a baggy with a crystal-like substance the deputy believed to be methamphetamine.

23-year-old Truston Guage McDonald of Sherman was arrested for possession of less than 1 gram of Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. He remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday afternoon, August 20; bond on the charge was set at $5,000, according to jail reports.

Traffic Stop on I-30 West at Mile Marker 112

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Bobby Osornio reported stopping a red Honda Civic at 2:51 a.m. August 20 on Interstate 30 west near mile marker 112 after noticing that the car didn’t have a license plate light on.

No HCSO jail photo available for Brady Michael Miller

While speaking to Osornio, 20-year-old Brady Michael Miller of Pengram, Tennessee appeared to the deputy to be nervous and was frantically searching for his driver’s license and playing with his thumbs, the deputy wrote in arrest reports. Osornio reported the man, when asked, denied that there was anything illegal in the car and gave the deputy permission to search the car.

Osornio alleged a green substance inside of clear pill capsules which he believed to be mushrooms, edible brownies, a green leafy substance he believed to be marijuana and two fake driver’s licenses were found during the vehicle search. When asked about the pills, the man admitted they were mushrooms, marijuana Osornio alleged in arrest reports.

HCSO Sgt. Scott Davis and Deputy Aaron Chaney arrived to assist. Davis searched but reportedly found no further contraband in the vehicle. Chaney inventoried the vehicle so it could be impounded. Osornio transported Miller to Hopkins County jail.

Miller remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday evening, August 20. His bond was set at $35,000 each on two possession of 4 grams or more but less than 400 grams of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance charges, $5,000 on a possession of more than 4 ounces but less than 4 pounds of marijuana charge and $5,000 on a fraudulent use or possession of identifying information charge, according to jail reports.

Courthouse Arrest

Rosemary Boone Springer, 64, of Sulphur Springs was taken into custody at 12:30 p.m. August 19, at Hopkins County District Courthouse.

She was scheduled to appear during the 9 a.m. court session in the 8th Judicial District Court for pretrial hearings on two possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, offenses alleged to have occurred on August 13, 2019 and October 6, 2019. She was taken into custody after having her bond revoked on both charges, according to court and arrest reports. Deputy Elijah Fite took her into custody at the courthouse and transported her to jail, where she remained Thursday, August 20, according to arrest and jail reports.

August 19 marked the third time Springer has been in jail this year. She was jailed February 10 for surety off bond one possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and June 27 on a warrant for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, 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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