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Controlled Substances, Weapons Found During Two Traffic Stops

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Controlled substances and weapons found during two traffic stops resulted in two felony arrests. Two others were also arrested on controlled substance charges Wednesday, including a man Special Crimes Unit Investigators reportedly caught making a drug transaction, according to arrest reports.

South Broadway Street Traffic Stop

Sulphur Springs Police Cpl. Chris Rosamond reported stopping 38-year-old David Aaron Soto of Sulphur Springs for making an improper left turn on South Broadway Street around 1 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.

No HCSO jail photo available for David Aaron Soto

Rosamond alleged Soto was evasive with answers to his questions and initially failed to provide a state-issued ID, which he had in his possession. When asked, Soto refused to let police search the vehicle, so officers called for Sulphur Springs Police Officer Cleve Williams to bring his canine, Kilo, to the location.

K-9 Kilo reportedly detected the possible presence or smell of recent presence of illegal contraband. A probable cause search by police allegedly revealed a glass methamphetamine pipe, several tabs of suspected Ecstasy and a loaded Remington 870 shotgun in vehicle.

A records check showed the 38-year-old Sulphur Springs man had at least one felony criminal conviction. Consequently, Soto was arrested at 2:20 a.m. Nov. 12, 2020, for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance and unlawful possession of firearm by a felon.

Soto remained Hopkins County jail Thursday morning, Nov. 12. Bond was set at $10,000 on the felony firearm charge and $2,000 on the controlled substance charge.

State Highway 19 South Traffic Stop

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Aaron Chaney reported stopping 59-year-old Kevin Wayne Morey of Sulphur Springs red for driving a red Chevrolet pickup with defective license plate light over the lane marker onto the improved shoulder at 5:41 p.m. Nov. 11 on State Highway 19 south at County Road 1106.

Kevin Wayne Morey (HCSO jail photo)

While speaking with Morey, Chaney noted the man’s hands shook as he attempted to remove his driver’s license from his wallet and tried to locate his insurance card. When asked, Morey denied having any illegal items in the truck, but agreed to let the deputy search it.

Chaney had Morey step out and searched his pockets prior to a vehicle search. The deputy alleged finding in Morey’s shirt pocket two baggies containing a crystal-like substance Morey admitted was crystal methamphetamine.

Deputy Nick Marney, who had arrived to assist Chaney, transported Morey to jail for possession of a controlled substance. A search of the truck yielded a Colt revolver between the passenger seat and console. The pickup was impounded and the contraband taken to the sheriff’s office. Morey was booked into the county jail for possession of approximately 7.9 grams of Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Morey remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday morning, Nov. 12, 2020. Bond was set at $25,000 on the controlled substance charge and $2,000 on the weapon charge.

Rosemont Street Arrest

Sulphur Springs Police Special Crimes Unit Sgt. Joe Scott and Lt. Mark Estes arrested Thomas Harold Carter. at 12:42 p.m. Nov. 11 on Rosemont Street at Cottonwood on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

The SCU investigators, while conducting surveillance on a residence for possible drug activity, alleged seeing the 28-year-old Sulphur Springs man walk to the window and contact the person inside. The SCU investigators alleged seeing what they believed to be a drug transaction take place.

Thomas Harold Carter (HCSO jail photo)

As Carter was walking away, the SCU officers stopped and patted him down. They alleged feeling what they turned out to be a syringe and a metal container with suspected methamphetamine inside of it. Carter was arrested for possession of suspect meth, which weighted 1.8 grams, including packaging.

Carter remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday morning, Nov. 11. Bond was set at $10,000 on the possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge.

Nov. 11 was the second time in just over 6 months that Carter has been booked into Hopkins County jail. He was also arrested May 6 by police for possession of drug paraphernalia.

FM 275 North Traffic Stop

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Davis conducted a traffic stop on a white Nissan Rogue at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 11 on FM 275 south at County Road 1140.

No HCSO jail photo available for Lori Ann Hall

Davis and Deputy Bobby Osornio arrested 58-year-old Lori Ann Hall of Point at 6:22 p.m. Nov. 11 for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Hall remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday morning, Nov. 12. Bond on the controlled substance charge was set at $5,000.

No additional information regarding the traffic stop and arrest was available in sheriff’s reports Thursday morning.


KSSTRadio.com publishes Sulphur Springs Police Department reports and news. The Police Department is located at 125 Davis St., Sulphur Springs, Texas. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 885-7602.

If you have an emergency dial 9-1-1.

The Sulphur Springs Police Department continues to serve its citizens with pride in its overall mission and will strive to provide the best possible police force in the 21st century.


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.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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