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Traffic Stops Result In Controlled Substance Arrests

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Traffic stops over the weekend resulted in controlled substance arrests.

State Highway 19 North Traffic Stop

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tanner Steward reported stopping a white Chrysler Concord with a defective high center mounted stop lamp and no front license plate around 7 p.m. Aug. 29 on State Highway 19 north at some bridges.

David Jordan Andrews (HCSO jail photo)

Upon contact with the driver, the deputy noticed a small bag on the driver’s side floorboard. Steward reported the 41-year-old Sulphur Springs driver had his right hand clenched as if hiding something, so he asked him to step out of the car.

He did and was escorted to the front of the officer’s patrol vehicle, but beyond that did not complying with Steward’s commands, so the deputy unholstered his Taser and told him to open his hand, Steward alleged in arrest reports. When the motorist did, he revealed a bag containing a crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 0.84 grams.

Consequently, David Jordan Andrews was arrested for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. He was also later charged with violation of parole, according to jail reports. He remained in Hopkins County Monday afternoon, Aug. 31, 2020. Bond on the controlled substance charge was set at $5,000, according to jail reports.

Traffic Stop on I-30 East

A 40-year-old Gun Barrel city man was stopped for speeding on Interstate 30 east at mile marker 126 by Sulphur Springs Police Officer Terry Miller at 12:03 p.m. Aug. 28 for speeding.

No HCSO jail photo available for Robert Zachariah Taylor

On contact, Miller alleged smelling an odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Robert Zachariah Taylor allegedly admitted he had a quarter-of-an-ounce or so of a green, leafy substance he said was marijuana.

Taylor was patted down and Miller searched the Toyota Tundra. Taylor allegedly dropped a vial. SSPD Special Crimes Unit Lt. Mark Estes contacted the man and took him into custody. The vial had what was believed to be THC liquid in it, resulting in Taylor’s arrest for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Taylor was released from Hopkins County jail Aug. 29. Bond on a $5,000 bond, 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. publishes Sulphur Springs Police Department reports and news. The Police Department is located at 125 Davis St., Sulphur Springs, Texas. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 885-7602.

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The Sulphur Springs Police Department continues to serve its citizens with pride in its overall mission and will strive to provide the best possible police force in the 21st century.

Author: Faith Huffman

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