Three people were arrested on controlled substance charges following two separate incidents and at least two others were jailed on warrants related to controlled substance charges over the past few days, according to arrest reports.
Jackson Street Traffic Stop
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tanner Steward and Sgt. Todd Evans reported stopping a 31-year-old Sulphur Springs woman just before 5:40 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 2021, on Jackson Street at Weaver Drive for driving a Nissan pickup without an expired registration. Brianne Sharisse “Bri” Baldwin was reportedly seen making furtive movements inside the vehicle and, when contacted, told officers she did not have a driver’s license with her.
She was asked to step out of the truck and was visibly nervous and didn’t directly answer the sheriff’s officers when they asked to search the vehicle, Steward and Evans alleged in arrest reports. The deputies had the three other occupants of the vehicle get out. As the front passenger did, the officers reported seeing a bag with suspected marijuana in the vehicle. A baggy of drug paraphernalia was allegedly spotted in the passenger’s side door near both the front and back seats. The front seat passenger was reportedly picked up just minutes before deputies stopped the pickup.
A probable cause search of the vehicle allegedly yielded more than one bag, a digital scale, miscellaneous drug paraphernalia, two bags containing a crystal-like substance which field-tested positive for methamphetamine and a bag containing 2.07 grams of a powdery white substance that field-tested positive for cocaine. The suspected meth weighed 6.94 grams, Steward and Evans alleged in arrest reports.
Based on their investigation, the deputies believed the suspected controlled substances belonged to Baldwin and the back seat passenger, identified in arrest reports as 31-year-old Kyle Ragsdale who arrest reports show indicated he lives at the same street address as the woman. The driver also allegedly admitted to concealing a marijuana smoking-pipe on her during the traffic stop. Thus, deputies arrested both Baldwin and Ragsdale into custody just before 6:30 p.m. May 20, 2021, and transported to the county jail. The two other occupants were released at the traffic stop; the truck was impounded, however, deputies wrote in arrest reports.
A female jailer, during the jail in-take process took possession of the marijuana smoking pipe. Both Baldwin and Ragsdale were booked into Hopkins County jail shortly before 8 p.m. May 20 on possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of the Penalty Group 1 controlled substance methamphetamine and possession of 1 or more grams but less than 4 grams of the Penalty Group 1 controlled substance cocaine, according to arrest reports.
Both Baldwin and Ragsdale remained in Hopkins County jail Saturday morning, May 22, 2021, in lieu of a $25,000 bond on the meth charge and a $10,000 bond on the cocaine charge, according to jail reports.
Police Requested On Hillcrest Drive
Sulphur Springs Police Officer Sean Hoffman responded just after 2:30 p.m. Friday in the 1200 block of South Hillcrest Drive, where a woman had asked truck stop employees to contact police for her. Upon arrival, Hoffman noted the woman in question acted as if she was under the influence of a narcotic: she couldn’t stand still and was constantly fidgeting with her hands, the officer alleged in arrest reports.
When asked her reason for calling for help, she really couldn’t give an explanation except that she wanted to get away from the male she was with. She told Hoffman she didn’t know the male well, but he offered her a ride so she went with him. She gave multiple stories about her situation, none of which made a lot of sense, Hoffman alleged in arrest reports. When Hoffman asked her to talk to him away from others present, in an attempt to get her to step away and try to figure out what was going on, she agree and followed him to his patrol vehicle, the policeman alleged in arrest reports.
When asked if she had anything illegal on her and to empty her pockets, she pulled both pockets away from her shorts. A marijuana cigarette fell tot he ground out of one pocket and she admitted it was marijuana, Hoffman alleged in arrest reports. When asked, she allowed him to search a bag she’d claimed as well. He reported finding a bag of suspected methamphetamine in an earbud case in the bag. She admitted to using narcotics when asked if she, Hoffman alleged in arrest reports.
Jessica Leigh Ann Luhman was taken into custody around 3:25 p.m. May 21, 2021, for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. The 27-year-old woman who is also known by Jessica Leon Mireles, remained in Hopkins County jail Saturday, May 22, on the charge, according to arrest reports.
An Emory Police officer located Devan Dale Munoz at a discount store in Emory and took the 22-year-old Emory man into custody on an outstanding Hopkins County warrant. When the warrant was confirmed by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office to be active, Munoz was transported to the Hopkins-Rains County line on State Highway 19 south, where HCSO Deputy Aaron Chaney took custody of the wanted man just before 10 p.m. May 21, 2021. Chaney transported Munoz to the county jail, where he was booked for violation of probation, which he was on for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, according to arrest reports. Munoz remained in Hopkins County jail Saturday morning, May 22, 2021, on the warrant. He was alleged to have committed the violation on May 19, 2021.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Todd Evans and Sulphur Springs Police Department Special Crimes Unit Sgt. Joe Scott spotted Brian Scott Carten in his front yard at 4:45 p.m. May 19, 2021. Aware the man had a warrant for his arrest, the pair contacted the 35-year-old Sulphur Springs man and took him into custody on the warrant. Carten was reported to be cooperative. He was released from Hopkins County jail Thursday, May 20, 2021, on a $20,000 bond on the possession of 1 gram or more but less than 2 grams of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance in a drug-free zone 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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