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Nearly Half Of November Indictments Were For Drug, Alcohol Offenses

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Approximately 100 indictments were signed during the November 2020 Grand Jury session, pushing those cases forward for prosecution. Approximately half of the November 2020 indictments were for drug, alcohol and related offenses. (Click here for the other half of the November 2020 indictments.) In some instances, individuals were accused of more than one offense.

Adam Joshua Hodges (HCSO jail photo)

Adam Joshua Hodges was named in nine indictments. He is accused of:

  • Possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone;
  • 2 Evading arrest or detention with previous conviction charges;
  • Possession of 1 gram or mroe ubt less htan 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance;
  • Manufacture or delivery of 4 gram so rmore but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance;
  • manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone;
  • Possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance with intent to deliver;
  • Possession of 4 ounces or more but less than 5 pounds of marijuana; and
  • Theft of property valued at $300,000 or more.

Hodges has been arrested on multiple occasions on controlled substance and related charges over the last year, most recently on Sept. 2. Special Crimes Unit officers alleged methamphetamine was purchased from the 36-year-old Yantis man while they were investigating him for suspected illegal distribution of controlled substances. A warrant was obtained for that charge. When officers attempted at traffic stop, he allegedly kept driving from College Street onto Morris Drive, then jumped out of the car and ran through a yard and two fences before being caught in a field behind a residence. 

When officers detained Hodges on Sept. 2, he 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, SCU officers alleged following Hodges’ arrest Sept. 2. He was served the next day with a theft warrant and Sept. 9 with a manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone warrant related to the prior alleged undercover buys from him, according to SCU and jail reports. Hodges has remained in the county jail since his arrest Sept. 2, according to jail reports.

Joshua A. Case

Joshua A. Case was indicted for prohibited substance or item in a correctional facility or civic community facility. Case was arrested Oct. 9, 2019, by Cumby police for no driver’s license. He was allegedly found while being booked into jail to have a bag with 0.75 gram of suspected methamphetamine in his booth, officers alleged in reports following Case’s arrest. The 19-year-old Cumby man was released from Hopkins County jail Oct. 18 on a $10,000 bond on the prohibited substance in a correctional facility charge, according to jail reports.

Billy Clay Kirby

Billy Clay Kirby was indicted for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Cumby police on June 15, 2019, detained Kirby and another man, who allegedly gave travel information that didn’t make sense to the officer. A baggy with a white crystal-like substance the officers believed to be methamphetamine and a red straw were allegedly found in a white pill bottle in a small bag in the rear floorboard. A marijuana cigarette was found in a child’s toy in rear of the vehicle. The other occupant of the vehicle alleged Kirby ate illegal contraband believed to be methamphetamine as they were being pulled over and threw illegal contraband out the front passenger window.  A large piece of white crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine was found on Kirby’s shirt, according to arrest reports.

Kirby was released from Hopkins County jail on a $10,000 bond on the tampering with evidence charge and a $5,000 bond on the controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.

Ismael Gonzales

Ismael Gonzales was indicted for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair and possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Gonzales was arrested Sept. 3 by police, who reported finding a dollar bill containing a crystal-like substance officers believed was methamphetamine in his pocket during a pat down. While officers continued an investigation, the 43-year-old Sulphur Springs man allegedly tried to pull away from them, grabbed the money and dumped all of the suspected controlled substance in it onto the road. Gonzales remained in Hopkins County jail Nov. 21. Bond was set at $10,000 on the the tampering with evidence charge and $5,000 on the controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.


Ray Griffith and Javier Pererz Jr. were indicted for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone.

Among the individuals indicted on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more offense, were:

  • Oral Weaver Anders
  • Larry Tyrone Goodson
  • Kenneth John Isham
  • Steven Elliott Jonaitis Jr.
  • Eduardo Nunez-Hernandez
  • Melissa Jeannette Stephens

Also named in two indictments each were:

  • Denver Jacques Fender – possession of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance in a drug free zone and possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance;
  • Larry Scott Gruss – possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance; and
  • Bryer Ray Parnell – two possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charges.

Also among the individuals indicted for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance were:

  • Deanna Leigh Boyett
  • Jose Ruben Campos-Trejo
  • Kelsey Devon Carrillo
  • Virginia Lynn Chapman
  • Gage Micheal Cogswell
  • Kyle Louis Jackson
  • Clement Demount McCarty
  • Ashley Justine Walker
  • Sean Eric Whittle
  • Bryan Lee Winstead

Others accused in the November indictments on controlled substance charges included:

  • Kevin Shane Bilharz – possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance;
  • Angelia Marie Gay – possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance;
  • Rebekah Jayde Tittle – possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance;
  • Dallas Quincy Jackson – possession of 28 grams or more but less than $200 grams of a Penalty Group 4 controlled substance; and
  • Sarah Michelle Cline – possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance with intent to deliver.

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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