State Highway 19 Traffic Stop Yielded 2 Arrests, Gun, Marijuana Cigarette, Methamphetamine
A State Highway 19 traffic stop yielded 2 arrests, a gun, marijuana cigarette and suspected methamphetamine Saturday. Suspected methamphetamine was also found during a Putman Street traffic stop Sunday evening, which resulted in a 25-year-old being jailed for the second time in 4 days, according to arrest reports.
Putman Street Traffic Stop
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tanner Steward reported receiving information that the passenger in a silver Hyundai was in possession of narcotics. Just before 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, Steward reported the driver of the car in question failed to yield right of way for oncoming traffic, so the deputy initiated a traffic stop on Putman Street at Ramsey Street.
During the traffic investigation, Steward alleged in arrest reports, Cecily Elizabeth Saffel admitted to having narcotics concealed on her. She was taken into custody at 8:20 p.m. and transported to jail, where deputies reported she retrieved the narcotics and gave them to jail staff. The substance field-tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 5.11 grams, including packaging, Steward alleged in arrest reports.
Consequently, the 25-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was jailed for the second time in 4 days. She was arrested Oct. 4 on a possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge. Saffel remained in Hopkins County jail Monday, Oct. 5, on the second-degree felony charge, according to jail reports. Deputy Drew Fisher was credited in arrest reports for assisting on the Oct. 4 traffic stop and arrest.
Saffel was also arrested at 9:51 p.m. Oct. 1 for Class A misdemeanor possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana in a drug-free zone. Sulphur Springs Police Officer Cameron Robinson reported seeing Saffel driving a Pontiac Solstice east on Main Street and, aware she had a suspended license, stopped her. She was placed into custody and admitted there was a marijuana joint inside the car. Additional contraband was found during a search of the vehicle. Because of the proximity of the stop to a school, a drug-free zone enhancement was added to the charge, Robinson alleged in arrest reports. Saffel spent the night in jail and was released on a $2,000 bond on the possession of marijuana charge on Oct. 2, according to jail reports.
The 25-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was also spent the night in jail Jan. 31 on warrants for not taking care of a failure to maintain financial responsibility and a warrant for driving while license invalid, according to jail reports.
State Highway 19 Traffic Stop
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tanner Steward and Deputy Justin Wilkerson reported stopping a 2002 Cadillac Escalade at 10:53 p.m. Oct. 3 on State Highway 19 north at County Road 4778 for failing to illuminate the license plate on the vehicle so it could be seen from 50 feet away.
The 50-year-old Lone Oak man driving agreed to let deputies search the SUV. A firearm was found in a blue case. The passenger, 48-year-old Jana Christine Combs of Point, claimed ownership of the weapon. Deputies learned she had a previous felony conviction, which would prohibit her from having a firearm. (Jail reports show she was jailed in Hopkins County on Aug. 27, 1999, for violation of probation, and Hunt County warrants for surety off bond on retaliation and robbery charges).
Combs was placed into custody for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, Steward and Wilkerson alleged in arrest reports.
The driver allegedly had a marijuana cigarette on him concealed on him, resulting in the 50-year-old’s arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia, the deputies alleged in arrest reports.
After Combs was placed into a patrol vehicle, deputies reported seeing the woman “making furtive movements in the direction of her waistband.” She also allegedly stated more than once intent to end her life and claimed she “had something to it with.”
When deputies removed her from the patrol vehicle, they reported seeing her attempt to discard a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. The substance field-tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 1 gram, resulting in Combs being booked into jail on the additional charge of possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, according to arrest reports.
Combs, who is known by Jana Gillard Tribe and Jana Christine Gillard Combs, remained in Hopkins County jail Monday morning, Oct. 4, on the possession and firearm 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.