A 26-year-old Paris man is accused of tossing pills and marijuana out when deputies attempted to stop him for speeding and failure to stay in his lane on State Highway 19 north Thursday night, according to arrest reports.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tanner Steward alleged that Devonta Qukashawn Brown did not immediately stop, but instead continued north on SH 19 north across the bridge into Delta County. Brown admitted to tossing 28 grams of marijuana and about 30 Alprazolam (Xanax) pills out the Tahoe’s windows, Steward reported.
HCSO Deputy Drew Fisher, who assisted Steward on the traffic stop, retrieved a large pill bottle with rectangular pills and a shiny purse containing marijuana inside of it from the location Steward indicated the items landed after going out the window, according to arrest reports. The marijuana weighed 1.1 ounces including packaging, the pill bottle contained 37 whole and one split pill, which weighed 8.47 grams including packaging, Steward alleged in arrest reports.
As a result, Brown was arrested at 11:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, on a tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair, possession of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. He was booked at 1:09 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, into Hopkins County jail, where he remained late Friday morning.
Feb. 26 is the second time this year and third time in the last 5 months that Brown has been booked into Hopkins County jail. He was last arrested on Jan. 2, 2021 on a possession of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance in a drug-free zone charge; he was released on a $5,000 bond on Jan. 4 on that charge. He also was arrested Oct. 9, 2020 for no insurance/failure to maintain financial responsibility and no valid driver’s license; he was released from jail the next day on both charges, according to jail 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.