Interstate 30 Traffic Stop Yielded Cocaine, $109,000, 2 Felony Arrests

Hopkins County, TX – August 19, 2020 – An Interstate 30 traffic stop Wednesday evening yielded cocaine, approximately $109,000 in United States currency and two felony arrests, according to arrest reports.

No HCSO jail photos available for Dion Mitchell McClendon and Andrea Yates

Deputy Thomas Patterson with Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office reported stopping a silver Chevrolet 1500 truck at 7:30 p.m. on Interstate 30 west at the 126 mile marker. They had observed the pickup cross the center stripe from the inside most left lane.

While talking with the two occupants, Patterson “perceived what I believe to be indicators of deception.” That based on the fact the pair admitted to having a large amount of currency, Patterson asked to search the truck. When the pair refused, he deployed his certified narcotic detection k-9 around the vehicle, the deputy alleged in arrest reports.

The police canine allegedly alerted positively for the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, resulting in a probable cause search by Patterson. The deputy reported finding approximately $109,000 in U.S. currency. He also alleged finding two small baggies containing a substance that field tested positive for cocaine and weighed 2.4 grams, including packaging.

The occupants, identified in arrest reports as 56-year-old Dion Mitchell McClendon of Round Rock and 48-year-old Andrea Byron-Corey Yates of Austin, were jailed on money laundering and possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, according to arrest reports. Both remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday morning, August 20, 2021

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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