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60-Year-Old Man Allegedly Hid Methamphetamine In A Soda Can

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Marijuana Found In Truck Where Man Was Sleeping In Como

Deputies arrested a 60-year-old who allegedly hid methamphetamine in a soda can and a a 25-year-old sleeping in his truck at a Como business Wednesday, March 24, on Main Street on possession charges, according to sheriff’s and arrest reports. An Alba woman turned herself in Tuesday night at the county jail on a controlled substance related charge, according to arrest reports.

Methamphetamine In A Soda Can

Daryl Christopher Simmons (HCSOI jail photo)

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tanner Steward reported stopping a Mitsubishi Galant at 6:44 p.m. March 24, 2021, on Main Street at Davis Street after noticing the car had a defective high center mounted stop lights and registration that expired in December of 2019.

During the traffic investigation, Steward noted 60-year-old Daryl Christopher Simmons of Sulphur Springs to be sweating profusely. A search of the white passenger vehicle allegedly revealed a baggy containing a crystal-like substance in a root beer can in the cup holder. The substance found in the soda can field-tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 0.4 gram, including packaging, Steward alleged in arrest reports.

Consequently, Simmons was arrested just before 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2021, by Steward and Investigators Shea Shaw and Corley Weatherford on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge in a drug-free zone, the latter enhancement was added as the stop occurred approximately 433 feet from a drug-free zone, the sheriff’s officers alleged in arrest reports.

Simmons remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday morning, March 26, 2021, on the felony charge, according to jail reports.

Simmons has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1997, including being arrested and booked into Hopkins County jail on 19 prior occasions, including 75-day state jail commitments on two 2012 driving while intoxicated convictions, two 18-month commitments on 2013 evading arrest and theft convictions, a 10-month commitment on 2017 burglary of building conviction, and a 12-month commitment on a 2019 possession of controlled substance conviction, according to jail records.

Asleep In A Truck In Como

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of a suspected intoxicated person causing a disturbance on Tiegiser Lane around 9:30 p.m. March 24, 2021. The man was alleged to have driven away in a silver Chevrolet truck with an orange go-cart in the back of the truck. Then, they were told the man was headed in the direction of his place of employment in Como to sleep for the night.

Deputies located a silver Chevrolet Silverado around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 800 block of West Main Street in Como, inside of which a 25-year-old Sulphur Springs man slept in the driver’s seat. An open container visible to deputies in the pickup. Deputies woke the man and had him step out of the truck to talk to them. He allegedly admitted there was marijuana in the vehicle. A search did indeed yield a green, leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana.

Consequently, the 25-year-old Sulphur Springs man was taken into custody just after 10:40 p.m. March 25 jailed on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge. He remained in Hopkins County jail on the charge Thursday, March 25, according to arrest reports.

March 24 was not the first time the man has been boked into Hopkins County jail for possession of drug paraphernalia; he was booked on the charge on April 23, 2013 and March 7, 2016. He also has been jailed in Hopkins County Nov. 10, 2013 for possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, March 11, 2014 on an engaging in organized criminal activity charge, from March 11-May 14, 2014 as part of an 18-month state jail commitment on a controlled substance charge, May 18-24, 2016 on a burglary of a building charge; Jan. 3-Feb. 15, 2017 after being sentenced to a commitment in an intermediate sanctioned facility on the burglary charge; and April 17-15, 2019 for violating probation on the burglary charge, according to jail records.

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Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle

Warrant Arrest At Sheriff’s Office

Tamela Perkins Owen (HCSO jail photo)

A 58-year-old Alba woman turned herself in just after 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2021, on a warrant. Deputy Justin Wilkerson walked Tamela Perkins Owen around to the county jail and released her to corrections officers.

Owen – who jail reports shows is also known by Tamela Louise Owen, Tamela Louise Krante, Tamela Perkins Krantz, Tamila Louise Owen and Tamela Louise Perkins – was booked for bond forfeiture on an Aug. 25, 2020 possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, according to jail and arrest reports.

The Alba woman Thursday morning, March 25, 2021, remained in Hopkins County jail, where he new bond was set at $20,000 on the charge – twice the original bond set for the controlled substance offense.

Owen has been booked in Hopkins County jail on four other occasion, on May 18, 2006, for violation of probation on a Camp County DWI charge; Dec. 19-20, 2014 for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; and July 11-Aug. 17, 2016 for violation of probation on the possession of a controlled substance charge, 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.

Author: Faith Huffman

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