2 Hunt County Men Arrested On Oak Avenue On Possession Charges

Two Hunt County men were arrested on Oak Avenue on possession charges Monday night. Two others were arrested on warrants related to controlled substance charges, according to arrest reports.

Oak Avenue Arrests

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Elijah Fite and Sgt. Tanner Steward reported stopping a Nissan Maxima at 11 p.m. Sept. 14 on Oak Avenue at Jefferson Street for failing to signal the required distance prior to turning and no license plate light.

No HCSO jail photos available for John David Sampson

Upon contact with the driver, identified as 32-year-old John David Sampson of Greenville, and passenger, a 38-year-old Caddo Mills man, deputies alleged they could smell a strong marijuana odor emitting from the car. They were asked to exit the car.

As the passenger stepped out, Fite alleged seeing a small clear bag containing marijuana. He was asked to open his mouth; the deputy observed a green, leafy substance in his mouth. He was placed into handcuffs.

A records check showed Sampson to be wanted in Hunt County on a manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. Sampson was placed in handcuffs.

A probable cause search of the car allegedly revealed a small yellow bag containing a clear crystal-like substance in a compartment above the rear view mirror. Sampson was placed under arrest and transported to jail by HCSO Deputy Justin Wilkerson.

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Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle

The clear, crystal-like substance, which weighed 2.1 grams, field-tested positive for methamphetamine, resulting in Sampson being charged at the jail on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. He remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning, Sept. 15. Bond was set at $15,000 on the Hopkins county possession charge and $75,000 on the Hunt County charge, according to jail reports.

The passenger allegedly claimed ownership of an empty hypodermic needle found in a bag in the vehicle during the search. He was taken into custody and transported by Sgt. Tanner Steward to the county jail. The passenger was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning on the charge.

Jail Transfer

Johnny Ray Cason Jr. (HCSO jail photo)

HCSO Deputy Elijah Fite traveled to Denton County jail, where he took Johnny Ray Cason Jr. into custody at 3:37 p.m. Sept. 14, 2020.

Fite transported the 29-year-old The Colony resident to Hopkins County jail, where he was booked on a warrant for violation of probation, which he was on for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, according to arrest reports.

Cason remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning, Sept. 15 on the charge, according to jail reports.

I-30 Traffic Stop

HCSO Deputy Thomas Patterson reported stopping a 37-year-old Dallas man at mile marker 126 on Interstate 30 at 11:54 p.m. Sept. 14 because the Chevrolet Malibu he was driving did not have an operational license plate light and for disregarding an official traffic control device. A records check showed the man to be wanted for violation of parole, which he was on for possession of a dangerous drug. He was jailed on the warrant, according to arrest 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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