Over 4 Pounds Of Marijuana Found During I-30 Traffic Stop
Four people were arrested on possession charges during a Church Street traffic stop Wednesday afternoon and a Sulphur Springs man was jailed after deputies found more than 4 pounds of marijuana during an Interstate 30 traffic stop west of Sulphur Springs early Thursday morning.
Church Street Traffic Stop
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Wilkerson stopped a white Chrysler 300 around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2021, for failing to stop at the stop sign before turning south on Church Street at Houston Street.
The car was driven into a parking lot in the 300 block of Church Street. The driver admitted she didn’t have a valid Texas driver’s license but claimed she did have a California license. When asked, Lilly Marie Crow told the deputy, who recognized her as someone who had been associated with narcotics use, that the only police record she had was for traffic offense. Believing her to be deceptive based on the prior information, the deputy asked but was refused permission to search the car.
HCSO Deputy Aaron Chaney arrived to assist, and the four in the car were instructed to get out while they waited for a deputy to arrive with a police canine. As they did, Chaney noticed a pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke methamphetamine in plain view next to the front passenger seat. The 20-year-old Edgewood woman, a 22-year-old Emory man, a 46-year-old Emory man and an 18-year-old Point man were placed into handcuffs while the deputies conducted a probable cause search of the car.
Deputies found a small bag of suspected methamphetamine was found in the cupholder. Chaney discovered additional suspected meth and drug paraphernalia on one of the men who’d occupied the back seat of the Chrysler. Neither driver nor passenger claimed the suspected contraband found in the front of the car. All four were placed into custody and transported by deputy Chaney to jail. The suspected contraband seized for further investigation and the car was impounded.
The substance found in the cupholder tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 0.542 gram, including packaging, while the suspected meth found on the back seat passenger also tested positive for meth and weighed 0.258 gram, the deputies alleged in arrest reports. Crow and two passengers, 22-year-old Quentin Marcel White of Emory and 18-year-old Michael Alan Dyer of Point were all arrested for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. The third passenger, a 46-year-old Emory man, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies allege the stop to have been within 1,000 feet of a a preschool, resulting in a drug-free zone enhancement on the controlled substance charges.
Crow and the 46-year-old Emory man were released from Hopkins County jail — Crow on Friday, May 28, 2021, on a $25,000 bond on the possession of less than Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug free zone charge and the older Emory man on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Dyer and White remained in jail Friday afternoon, May 28, 2021, Dyer in lieu of a $10,000 bond and White in lieu of a $25,000 bond, according to jail reports. The 46-year-old Emory man were released from jail on the paraphernalia charge on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
I-30 East Traffic Stop
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Thomas Patterson stopped an eastbound black Ford Fusion around 6:50 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2021, at mile marker 119 on I-30 east for traveling 80 miles per hour in a 75 mile per hour speed zone. As he approached the car, Patterson reported smelling an odor of unburned marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed 4.4 pounds of marijuana in a duffle bag in the car’s trunk, Patterson alleged in arrest reports.
The driver, 18-year-old Milique Fredrick Zirretta, allegedly confirmed the weight of the marijuana and admitted he was aware of its presence in the car. Consequently, the Sulphur Springs teen was taken into custody on the felony possession of 4 ounces, but less than 5 pounds of marijuana charge.
Zirretta was released from Hopkins County jail on Friday, May 28, 2021, on a $5,000 bond on the marijuana charge.