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Arrested This Week On Controlled Substance, Marijuana, Related Charges

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Six men were arrested this week, Sept. 20-25 on controlled substance and marijuana charges, according to arrest reports.

I-30 Traffic Stop

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Arturo Ugalde stopped a Chevrolet Malibu around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, on Interstate 30 west at mile marker 116 for speeding. Upon contact with the occupants, Ugalde reported seeing a Glock handgun on the front passenger’s side floorboard, within reach of the 19-year-old passenger.

Steven Remone Parks (HCSO jail photo)

The passenger, identified in arrest reports as Steven Remone Parks of Jacksonville, Arkansas, had what appeared to be marijuana residue on the front of his hoodie and pants, Ugalde alleged in arrest reports. A probable cause search of the car by Ugalde allegedly revealed a usable amount of suspected marijuana in the passenger’s side door next to where Parks had been sitting.

In Parks’ wallet, the trooper reported finding a credit card with someone else’s name on it. He claimed his grandmother gave him the card, but didn’t know what name was on the card.

Parks was taken into custody for unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of marijuana. The driver and another passenger were released.

Ugalde reported when he asked the teen again about the credit card, Parks admitted he shouldn’t have been in possession of a card if he wasn’t the cardholder. Consequently, Parks was also charged with credit card abuse, according to arrest reports.

Parks remained in Hopkins County jail Friday morning. His bond was set at $5,000 on the credit card charge, $2,000 on the weapon charge and $1,000 on the possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana charge, according to jail reports.

Transfers From Wood County Jail

Two men were transferred from Wood County jail to Hopkins County jail by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Elijah Fite on controlled substance warrants Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Both 37-year-old Wesley James Chester of Sulphur Springs was booked into Hopkins County jail Wednesday morning on a warrant for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. He remained in Hopkins County jail Friday morning, Sept. 25; bond on the charge was set at $5,000, according to jail reports.

Wayne Thomas Hall of Pickton was booked into was booked into Hopkins County jail Sept. 23 for surety off bond on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge. He was released from Hopkins County jail Sept. 24 on the charge, according to jail reports.

Gilmer Street Traffic Stop

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Nick Marney stopped a Dodge Ram 1500 at 2:37 a.m. Sept. 22, on Gilmer Street for having a registration that expired in February 2020.

Justin Powell Freeman (HCSO jail photo)

While talking with the driver, Marney noticed the man to have nervous body language and asked if he could search the truck. Deputy Thomas Patterson was requested to bring his police canine, Chiv, to the location to conduct a sniff search. Chiv allegedly gave a positive response for contraband during the sniff search.

Contraband was allegedly located inside of a flashlight in a door pocket on the truck during a probable cause search, Marney alleged in arrest reports. The driver, 22-year-old Justin Powell Freeman of Sulphur Springs, was arrested at 2:54 a.m. Feb. 22 for possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. The truck was released to the passenger.

Freeman was released from Hopkins County jail later Sept. 22, on a $20,000 bond, according to arrest reports. The arrest marked the second time in the last 5 months he’s been booked into Hopkins County jail. He was also arrested May 9 on three warrants for not taking care of failure to maintain financial responsibility charges, according to jail reports.

Bond Revocation Arrest

Tommy Ray McCollum (HCSO jail photo)

Tommy Ray McCollum was taken into custody at 1:19 p.m. Sept. 21 at Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office by Deputy Dan Turrentine.

The 45-year-old Quinlan man was jailed on an order revoking bond on a May 9, 2020 possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.

McCollum remained in Hopkins County jail Friday, Sept. 25, according to jail reports.

South Broadway Street Traffic Stop

A 44-year-old Sulphur Springs man was stopped by HCSO Sgt. Tanner Steward at 10:56 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, in a South Broadway Street parking lot for failure to maintain a single lane of travel.

A records check reportedly showed a female passenger to be wanted.

Walter Lynn Crawford (HCSO jail photo)

The driver and passenger gave conflicting stories, according to arrest reports. Walter Lynn Crawford reportedly admitted he’d previously been arrested; jail reports show one prior Hopkins County arrest on Jan. 22, 2001 for theft of property valued at $1,500 or more but less than $20,000, according to jail reports.

He reportedly had a gray cloth under him on the floorboard with an object in it. He refused to let the deputy search the Nissan truck so Steward requested a police canine to respond at the location. While waiting, Steward alleged he could see a ab containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine neary the gray cloth.

The police canine arrived. The officer reported his canine partner alerted on the vehicle for contraband. A probable cause search of the vehicle allegedly revealed two glass pipes of the kind commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, a bag containing a small amount of suspected meth, and another bag in a sweatband on a cowboy that contained a substance that field-tested positive for meth. The seized substance weighed 0.88 gram. Crawford was taken into custody at 11:19 p.m. for possession of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, Steward noted in arrest reports.

When the passenger was advised she was being arrested on the warrant, she began complaining of stomach pain and requested medical attention. She was transported by EMS to the hospital, according to arrest reports.

McCollum was released from Hopkins County jail later Sept. 21; bond was set at $5,000 on the controlled substance charge, 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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