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Mockingbird Lane Traffic Stop Yields Methamphetamine, Arrest

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A Mockingbird Lane traffic stop late Tuesday morning yielded methamphetamine and one arrest, according to arrest reports.

Joe Dale Cohorst (HCSO jail photo)

Sulphur Springs Police officers conducted a traffic stop on a red Dodge Ram pickup just before 10:50 a.m. Jan. 26 in the 1500 block of Mockingbird Lane. Upon contacting the driver, police noted the individual exhibited nervous indicators, Officer Sean Hoffman and Reserve Officer Rodney Caudle noted in arrest reports. He was asked to step out of the car to speak with police and did so.

The driver reportedly agreed to let the officers search the pickup. The passenger was asked to step out of the truck while they did so.

After completing the search, both were asked to empty their pockets to show they had no contraband. Both began to do so, but the passenger was noted to be especially nervous and began “having trouble responding to questions,” Hoffman and Caudle noted in arrest reports. The passenger complied when asked to unzip his jacket to be checked. A cigarette pack found in an inside pocket allegedly contained a bag of suspected methamphetamine in tin foil.

Consequently, the passenger in the Mockingbird Lane traffic stop, identified in arrest reports as 30-year-old Joe Dale Cohorst of Sulphur Springs, was arrested at 11:27 a.m. on a possession of l gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge. The driver was released. Cohorst remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, 2021, on the third-degree felony charge.

Jan. 26 was the second time Cohorst has been booked into Hopkins County jail. He also spent July 6-10, 2019, in custody at Hopkins County Law Enforcement Center on a Wood County warrant for violation of probation, which he was on for a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge. 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.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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