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Two Traffic Stops Result In 3 Controlled Substance Arrests

Two traffic stops Monday night resulted in three controlled substance arrests. A woman also turned her in on a warrant for violating probation on controlled substance charge Monday night, according to sheriff’s reports.

Davis Street Traffic Stop

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tanner Steward and Deputy Zack Horne reported stopping a Toyota Venza after noting the driver failed to signal a turn on South Davis Street at Connally Street.

While speaking with the occupants, identified in arrest reports as 40-year-old Tiffany Dawn McCrary and 53-year-old Kathy Denise Johnson, the deputies obtained permission to search the sport utility vehicle. Steward located on the passenger’s side floorboard a bag with a crystal-like substance which weighed 0.950 gram and tested positive for methamphetamine, the deputies alleged in arrest reports.

Both Sulphur Springs women denied ownership of the substance and were taken into custody around 11:35 p.m. on the charge. Then, the passenger claimed the driver tossed it on the floor while being pulled over, Steward alleged in arrest reports.

Johnson and McCrary were booked into jail at approximately 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2021, for possession of less than one gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone, the latter added due to the proximity to a church and child care center.

Both Tiffany McCrary, and Kathy Johnson, who is also known as Kathy Hughes, Kathy Hines and Kathy Dee Johnson, remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday evening, Marc 16, 2021. Bond on the charge was set at $10,000, according to jail reports.

Monday was the second time McCrary has been jailed less than a month. She was also jailed Feb. 23 for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, then released the next day on a $5,000 bond, according to jail records.

Industrial Drive Traffic Stop

Jeffrey Bryant Knutson

Just after 9:45 p.m. March 15, Deputy Zack Horne reported initiating a traffic stop on a blue Toyota Camry that failed to signal a lane change while traveling west on Industrial Drive near Bill Bradford Road. The car stopped in the bowling alley parking lot.

When he contacted the driver, Horne reported the 56-year-old Sulphur Springs man appeared to be nervous to the point his hands were shaking. Horne obtained permission to search the car, the deputy noted in arrest reports.

Deputies located a blue pipe with a small amount of suspected marijuana in it. After being placed into custody, Jeffrey Bryant Knutson allegedly admitted he had additional contraband hidden in his underwear. He removed a bag with a crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 0.705 gram. Knutson was booked into Hopkins County jail around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2021, on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1controlled substance charge, Horne and Sgt. Tanner Steward alleged in arrest reports.

Knutson was released from Hopkins County jail later Tuesday, March 16, on a $5,000 bond on the charge, according to jail reports.

Warrant Arrest

Brandy Lynn McCullough turned herself in at 10:45 p.m. March 15, 2021, at Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant.

Brandy Lynn McCullough (HCSO jail photo)

The 36-year-old San Antonio woman was escort by Deputy Nick Marney into the county jail, where she was booked at 12 a.m. March 16, 2021, for violation of probation, which she was on for a July 31, 2018 possession of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance offense, according to arrest reports.

McCullough was arrested July 31, 2018 for allegedly handing a deputy a driver’s license with too many numbers on it, flagging it as false, and also was found to be in possession of controlled substances; and was wanted on a theft charge, deputies alleged in reports at the time of her arrest.

She was indicted in April 2019 on a possession of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance charge as well as possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and tampering with a government or school record, license, seal or permit charge, according to court records. She remained in Hopkins County jail from Oct. 31, 2019 to Jan. 2, 2020, for bond forfeiture on both controlled substance charges and the tampering charge, according to jail reports.

McCullough was held in Hopkins County jail Tuesday evening, March 16, 2021 on the violation of probation 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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