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Sulphur Springs Woman Jailed For The Second Time In Less Than A Month

On Saturday, a 37-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was jailed for the second time in less a month on a controlled substance charge, according to arrest reports.

Jessica Smith (HCSO jail photo)

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Elijah Fite reported stopping a silver Ford Fusion just before 4 a.m. Saturday, March 6, on East Industrial Drive for multiple traffic violations. Fite noted the woman failed to make eye contact with him, displayed signs of nervousness when spoken to and seemed very distraught. She reportedly admitted to the deputy that she’d been arrested a few weeks ago.

When she refused to let the deputy search her car, he had her step out and contacted Sulphur Springs Police Officer Buddy Williams and had him bring K-9 Kilo to the location. The police dog gave a positive alert for contraband while conducting a free air sniff search around the car.

A probable cause search of the 2014 vehicle revealed a plastic sack with a crystal-like substance that later tested positive as 0.65 grams of methamphetamine in her purse. Consequently, Smith, who is also known as Jessica Vanlandingham, was arrested on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, according to arrest reports. The 37-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was released from Hopkins County jail Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 on a $5,000 bond on the charge, according to jail reports.

The prior arrest Smith referred to occurred on Feb. 12 and was for possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, according to jail reports. She was released from jail later Feb. 12 on a $10,000 bond on the felony 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.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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