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SCU Investigators Arrested 2 Pairs Tuesday

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Sulphur Springs Police SCU investigators arrested 2 pairs Tuesday, according to arrest reports.

Wanted Woman, Boyfriend Both Arrested

SCU investigators, along with patrol officers, went to a residence in search of a wanted woman around 9 a.m. Sept. 30, 2020.

Upon arrival, 39-year-old Jonathan G. Boughton answered the door, but claimed the wanted person, 30-year-old Lauren Leigh-Ann Duckworth, was not at home. He did, however, allow officers inside the residence to look for her. Officers found Duckworth hiding in a bedroom closet.

Duckworth was arrested on three warrants for violation of probation, which she was on for a burglary of building charge and two possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charges. She remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday morning on all three charges.

Boughton was arrested for hindering apprehension of a known felon for telling police the girlfriend wasn’t there. He remained in Hopkins County jail on the felony charge Wednesday morning, Sept. 30. Bond on the charge was set at $10,000.

Main Street Traffic Stop

SCU investigators conducted an investigation into the alleged distribution of methamphetamine. During the investigation, the officers developed probable cause for a traffic stop of a vehicle involved.

During the traffic stop of a Saturn Vue at 9:34 p.m. on Main Street at Hillcrest Drive, two occupants of the vehicle allegedly confessed to possessing methamphetamine.

Justin Scott Sewell had a small amount of suspected methamphetamine in his pants pocket and admitted to passing additional meth to his girlfriend, 29-year-old Keyra Leanne Hargett of Sulphur Springs. Hargett admitted to having meth concealed in her pants.

Upon arrival at the jail, approximately 6.78 grams of meth, a glass pipe and small amount of marijuana were allegedly recovered from Hargett’s pants by female jailers. Coupled with the suspected meth retrieved from Sewell, 9.02 grams of suspected meth were seized as evidence from the pair.

Both 27-year-old Sewell of Como and Hargett were charge with possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance with intent to distribute. Hargett, who is also known as Keyra Leanna Dunham, and Sewell remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday morning, Sept. 30; bond on the second-degree felony charge was set at $30,000.

Tuesday was the second time this year that Hargett has been jailed on a controlled substance charge. She was also arrested July 28 for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance in a drug-free zone. She was released from custody Aug. 5 on $10,000 bond on that charge, according to jail reports..

Sept. 29 was also the second time that Sewell has been arrested in the last year. He was jailed on Dec. 6, 2019 for violation of probation, which he was on for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. He remained in Hopkins County jail on that charge until Jan. 9, 2020, according to jail reports.


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Author: Faith Huffman

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