A wanted Rockwall man and 35-year-old Quinlan woman were arrested on controlled substance and firearm charges late Wednesday morning, according to arrest reports.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bobby Osornio initiated a traffic stop at 10:24 a.m. May 12, 2021, on a black Ford Expedition after a license plate check showed the vehicle’s registration to have expired in December of 2020. The SUV continued north on FM 2297, crossing County Road 1180 before stopping.
Upon contact with the pair, the driver identified himself as John Deleon and the passenger as Stephanie Rena Boyer. While talking to the driver, Osornio noted the man’s hands had a tremor and that the driver failed to maintain eye contact with the deputy. When Osornio asked the pair if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, the driver said the passenger was the SUV owner and he didn’t know. When both refused his request to search the vehicle, he had the pair to step out while he conducted a records check using their information. The driver later admitted he’d given a fake name, and identified himself as Brian Lawson, Osornio alleged in arrest reports.
Lawson was placed into handcuffs after a records check showed the 34-hear-old Rockwall man to be wanted by Texas Department of Criminal Justice on a warrant for violation of parole. HCSO Deputy Kevin Lester along with Sgt. Richard Greer, had arrived to assist. Lester transported Lawson to the county jail to be booked on the warrant.
Sheriff’s officers located a loaded syringe, used syringe and cut straw with a crystal-like substance he believed based on his training to be methamphetamine inside of an eyeglass case in the passenger’s side door pocket, Osornio alleged in arrest reports. Greer took Boyer into custody at 10:53 a.m. May 12, 2021, and placed into Osornio’s patrol vehicle while deputies continued inventorying the SUV.
A firearm was located in the glovebox. Located in a purse on the passenger’s side of the vehicle was a pile of credit/debit cards. While there were several cards, only one had Boyer’s name on it; that one was left in the vehicle, Osornio alleged in arrest reports. Greer then located a zipper bag with a digital scale and a glass pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke methamphetamine that had residue inside of it, the deputies alleged in arrest reports.
The SUV was impounded and Osornio transported Boyer to Hopkins County jail for booking. Both the man identified as Lawson and Boyer denied any knowledge of either the pistol or the loaded syringe found in the vehicle. Lawson and Boyer were both booked into Hopkins County jail at 7:49 p.m. May 12, 2021, on controlled substance and firearm charges. Lawson also was held on the parole warrant. Boyer too was charged with fraudulent use or possession of 10 or more but less than 50 credit/debit cards, Osornio noted in arrest reports.
Boyer, who is also known by Stephanie Rena Stodgill, remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday evening, May 13, 2021, in lieu of $20,000 bond: $5,000 each on the possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge and fraud charges, and $10,000 on the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon charge. Lawson also remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday evening, May 13, 2021; his bonds totaled $15,000 on the Hopkins County charges: $10,000 on the firearm charge and $5,000 on the controlled substance charge; he was held for TDCJ on the parole warrant, 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.