Texas Department of Public Safety troopers arrested a 24-year-old Greenville woman on controlled substance charges after Ecstasy and methamphetamines were found during an Interstate 30 traffic stop Monday afternoon. Two men were also arrested Monday in an unrelated traffic stop after drug paraphernalia was located in their vehicle.
Controlled Substance Arrest
DPS Trooper Warren Williamson reported stopping a blue GMC Yukon for failure to stop at the designated point for a stop sign and following another vehicle too closely, just before 2:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 2021. The stop was made near College Street, which is at mile marker 126 on Interstate 30 west in Sulphur Springs. Upon approach, the front passenger was not wearing a seat belt as required and also appeared to be under the influence of some substance, the trooper alleged in arrest reports.
When the driver refused to let the trooper search the vehicle, The trooper requested a police canine respond at the location. The Sulphur Springs Police Department canine handler brought his partner to the location to conduct a sniff search around the Yukon. The dog gave a positive alert to the presence of a narcotic or controlled substance odor in the vehicle, giving the officials probable cause to search inside the vehicle.
Officers alleged finding two plastic bags on the driver’s seat containing six pills weighing more than 1 but less than 4 grams, which Williamson said based on his law enforcement experience and training he believed were Ecstasy tablets. Under a seat in a black zipper bag was a clear, crystal-like substance Williamson identified from his training and experience as methamphetamine.
Amberli Nicole King was placed under arrest for possession of the Ecstasy and methamphetamine found in the vehicle. Prior to being transported to Hopkins County jail, the 24-year-old Greenville woman also admitted to having more methamphetamine concealed in her shoe. A small bag containing more than 4 grams of the substance was recovered from her shoe, enhancing the methamphetamine charge.
The vehicle and driver were released. King was booked into Hopkins County jail around 3:45 p.m. Jan. 18, 2021, on a possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. King remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning, Jan. 19, 2021 on both controlled substance charge.
Drug Paraphernalia Arrests
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped a red Dodge Ram pickup after 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, for failing to stop at a designated point at the intersection of State Highway 11 west at County Road 4711.
Deputies requested and were refused permission to search the pickup. One of the sheriff’s office’s canine handlers brought his partner to the scene. The trained police dog gave a positive alert on the truck. A small marijuana pipe was found on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. Both occupants initially denied ownership of the pipe and were taken into custody for possessing the drug paraphernalia.
Both 39-year-old Sulphur Springs men were booked into Hopkins County jail, where they remained Tuesday morning, Jan. 19, 2021, on the misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge, according to arrest 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.