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Emory Pair Arrested Over Weekend On Possession Charges

An Emory pair was arrested over the weekend on possession charges and a Sulphur Springs man was arrested on an warrant for violating probation on a possession charge, according to arrest reports.

SH 19 South Traffic Stop

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Drew Fisher and Sgt. Scott Davis reported stopping a Ford E-150 van at 11:25 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 on State Highway 19 south for expired registration.

Margaret Gunter (Wood County jail photo)

Deputies conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle based on an odor of marijuana they detected emitting from inside the van upon contact with the occupants. They alleged finding more than one item of drug paraphernalia. A records check also showed 63-year-old Margaret Gunter of Emory to be wanted in Wood County, thus, the Emory pair was arrested around 11:45 p.m. Jan. 31.

The 43-year-old Emory an was booked into jail on the misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge. At the jail, Gunter was found to have 0.317 grams of methamphetamine in her wallet; she was booked into jail just before 1 a.m. Feb. 1, 2021 on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance as well as the Wood County possession warrant.

Gunter remained in Hopkins County jail late Monday morning, Feb. 1, 2021 on both charges. Bond was set at $5,000 on the controlled substance charge and $20,000 on the Wood County charge. The 43-year-old Emory man remained in jail on the paraphernalia charge.

Wood County jail reports show Gunter was booked into the jail Sept. 17, 2020, on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge and was released from custody later that day on a $20,000 bond.

Warrant Arrest

Cristian Alan Cortez (HCSO jail photo)

Sulphur Springs Police Department Special Crimes Unit Sgt. Joe Scott and Lt. Mark Estes, during an investigation of a West Spence Street address, reported seeing “a large amount of traffic.” When they stopped a vehicle as it was being driven from the location, the SCU investigators reported finding marijuana, which they believed based on their investigation, was being sold at the location.

The owner of the residence was contacted and gave permission for the officers to search the residence. They located 21-year-old Cristian Alan Cortez of Sulphur Springs inside the residence. A records check showed two active warrants for Cortez’s arrest.

Consequently, Cortez was taken into custody around 8:50 p.m. Jan. 30 and remained in Hopkins County jail Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, on warrants for violating probation, which he was on for possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a controlled substance and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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