A 36-year-old Yantis man allegedly lead officers in a foot pursuit before being caught with heroin, pills, marijuana and methamphetamine, according to Sulphur Springs Police Department Special Crimes Unit investigators.
The SCU officers had been investigating Adam Joshua Hodges for suspected illegal distribution of controlled substances. Methamphetamine was allegedly purchased from Hodges during an undercover buy, SCU Lt. Mark Estes reported. Officials then obtained a warrant for Hodges’ arrest and were conducting surveillance Wednesday, watching for his vehicle in an effort to make an arrest, according to the SCU investigator.
Estes and SCU Sgt. Joe Scott reported first seeing the vehicle being driven by Hodges around 1:25 p.m. September 2 on College Street. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but the car continued into the 200 block of Morris Drive before stopping. The driver, identified by officers as Hodges, then jumped out of the car and ran. Estes and Scott, along with SSPD Officer Sean Hoffman who had responded to assist, chased after the man. Hodges ran through a yard and jumped two fences before being caught in a field behind a residence.
The 36-year-old Yantis man allegedly had a baggy containing what were believed to be 4.54 grans if hydrocodone pills in his pocket and had a bag containing smaller bags that had 18.73 grams of suspected methamphetamine and 1.38 grams of suspected heroin in them. A 5-gallon bucket found in the trunk of the car reportedly contained 4.85 pounds of marijuana as well, according to the SCU officers, according to the SCU officers.
Consequently, Hodges was arrested at 1:51 p.m. September 2 on the manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance warrant, as well as possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a controlled substance with intent to distribute it, possession of marijuana and evading arrest with previous conviction charges, according to the SCU officers and arrest reports.
The Sept. 2 arrest marked the second time in less than 2 weeks and third time this summer that Hodges has been booked into Hopkins County jail on a controlled substance charge.
He was most recently arrested Aug. 21 on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. On August 21 authorities went to a Georgia Street residence to investigate suspected selling of narcotics. Officers reported seeing a methamphetamine pipe and several pieces of a crystal-like substance suspected to be meth on the night stand in the front bedroom. Authorities also found 3.23 grams of suspected methamphetamine in the top drawer of the night stand, according to the Aug. 21 arrest report. Hodges was released from jail Aug. 22 on a $10,000 bond.
Hodges also was arrested July 23, 2020 on possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, tampering with evidence with intent to impair and evading arrest or detention charges. He was allegedly spotted near a Georgia Street back yard and took off running when deputies approached him. Officers found him in a garage down the street, but he again ran and was apprehended on Lee Street. A bag with more than one pill later determined to be morphine was allegedly found along the path Hodges had attempted to elude officers. He was released from jail July 24 on a $10,000 bond on that controlled substance charge, $10,000 bond on the tampering with evidence charge and $2,000 bond on the evading arrest or detention charge.
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