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5 Traffic Stops Result In Possession and Related Arrests

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3 Others Jailed On Warrants

Local officials made at least five traffic stops that resulted in possession or possession-related arrests and three were transferred from other jails

SH 11 West Arrest

No HCSO jail photo available for Alfredo Junior Vargas

HCSO Deputy Aaron Chaney responded at 1:46 a.m. Sunday, June 20, 2021, on State Highway11 west near County Road 4717, where a vehicle was reportedly parked near the entrance to a pasture with its lights off. upon arrival, Chaney spotted a Ford F150 pickup facing south inside the entrance to a pasture on the south side of the road. He turned on the overhead lights on his patrol vehicle for visibility and approached the truck. As he did, Chaney reported seeing the front window rolling down and a large quantity of smoke flowing out.

As he contacted the driver, Chaney reported smelling a marijuana odor emitting from the truck, and noted there to be two occupants sitting in both front seats. A 19-year-old had a bag of what appeared to be marijuana between his legs. Alfredo Junior Vargas handed it to the officer, who had the teen step out of the pickup. A pat down revealed no additional contraband on two people. A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed two loose baggies containing more suspected marijuana, a yellow plastic grocery bag with seven clear baggies of suspected marijuana and additional drug paraphernalia such as digital scales, Chaney alleged in arrest reports.

Vargas told Chaney he believed the contraband to weight about 7 ounces and claimed the contraband. The teen was arrested at 2:03 a.m. Sunday for possession of 4 ounces or more but less than 5 pounds of marijuana. The truck was released to the passenger at the owner’s request, according to arrest reports. At the jail, the suspected marijuana and accompanying packaging was determined to weight 7.86 ounces, Chaney alleged in arrest rports.

Vargas was released from Hopkins County jail later June 20, 2021, on a $5,000 bond on the marijuana charge, according to jail reports.

SH 11 West Traffic Stop

No HCSO jail photo available for Amber Ann Kinchlow

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Arturo Ugalde stopped Amber Ann Kincholow at 10:03 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021, State Highway 11 at FM 275 for speeding. As Ugalde approached the Chevrolet Spark, he reported smelling a strong fresh marijuana odor coming from the red vehicle.

A probable cause search revealed marijuana shake and ash in the driver’s side floorboard between the door and seat. When asked if she had any marijuana on her, Kinchlow denied having any. the trooper had her open her mouth; her tongue had turned green and was covered in what appeared to be partially chewed marijuana, Ugalde alleged in arrest reports. The 34-year-old Commerce woman then admitted to eating the remained of a marijuana cigarette as she was stopping the vehicle, the trooper noted in arrest reports.

Kinchlow was arrested for tampering with evidence with intent to impair it and transported to jail. The car was released to her mother, according to arrest reports. Kinchlow was released from Hopkins County jail on Sunday, June 20, 2021, on a $5,000 bond on the felony charge, according to jail reports.

Gilmer Street Traffic Stop

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Wilkerson reported stopping Lucas Levi Morgan at 6:56 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021 for failing to stop the 1997 Ford Mustang he was driving at stop signs at more than one intersection. Wilkerson reported seeing an open alcohol container in the passenger’s seat; The 30-year-old Sulphur Springs man was the lone occupant of the car.

No HCSO jail photo available for Lucas Levi Morgan

Wilkerson instructed Morgan to hand over the container and step out of the car. When he went to pat him down, Morgan allegedly admitted to having a pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke marijuana in one pocket. Wilkerson removed the pipe and detained Morgan in handcuffs., the deputy noted in arrest reports.

Deputy Chris Baumann arrived to assist Wilkerson as he searched the black car and completed the pat down of Morgan. Deputies alleged finding on the Sulphur Springs man a rubber container with a wax-like substance he admitted was THC wax. More than one item of drug paraphernalia, more than one open container and two pistols were found in the car. Morgan was transported to jail and booked for possession a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. The suspected THC wax and container weighed 12.73 grams, according to jail reports.

Morgan was booked into Hopkins County jail June 19 on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance and on two unlawful carrying of a weapon charge, one for each pistol. He was released from jail June 20, 2021 on a $2,000 bond on the felony controlled substance charge and $1,000 bond per weapon charge, according to jail reports.

I-30 West Traffic Stop

No HCSO jail photo available for Michael Thomas Ferry

HCSO deputies Drew Fisher and Zack Horne reported stopping a Michael Thomas Ferry at 1:56 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2021, on Interstate 30 west at mile marker 120 for a traffic violation. The-35-year-old Yantis man displayed more than one indicator of nervousness, resulting in the deputies obtaining consent to search the Chevrolet Tahoe, according to arrest reports.

Ferry allegedly admitted to possessing marijuana. A search of the SUV, however, revealed a bag containing 0.58 grams of crystal-like substance that he allegedly admitted was methamphetamine, Fisher and Horne alleged in arrest reports.

Consequently, Ferry was arrested for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. He was released from the county jail Sunday, June 20, 2021, on a $5,000 bond, according to jail reports.

FM 69 North Traffic Stop

Lacy Renee Steele
(HCSO jail photo)

Fisher and Horne stopped a Ford Mustang Coupe at 12:01 a.m. June 18, 2021, for a traffic violation. The driver reportedly gave the deputies permission to search the car. A woman agreed to let deputies search her purse, then admitted to having Xanax in it. The deputies, in arrest reports, alleged finding a cellophane wrapper with more than one blue pill later positively identified as 1.4 grams of Xanax.

As a result, the 28-year-old Como woman was arrested Friday on a Class A misdemeanor possession of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance. Deputy Justin Wilkerson served Steele at 4:50 p.m. Friday with two warrants for manufacture or delivery of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance earlier in the month, according to arrest and jail reports.

Bond was set at $2,000 on the Penalty Group 3 charge and at $20,000 each on the Penalty Group 1 controlled substance warrants. Steele remained in Hopkins County jail Monday, June 21, 2021, according to jail reports.

Hunt County Jail Transfers

No HCSO jail photo available for Stefani Dawn Adkins

HCSO Deputy Amanda Weatherford was made aware that a 39-year-old Commerce woman was being held in Hunt County jail on a Hopkins County warrant and was alerted Friday that a 24-year-old Sulphur Springs man was held at the Hunt County facility on Hopkins County warrants, according to arrest reports.

Weatherford traveled to Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, where she took Stefani Dawn Adkins into custody afternoon Thursday, June 17, 2021. The deputy transported her to Hopkins County jail, where she was booked June 17, 2021.

Isaiah Deonte Bryant-Lacy (HCSO jail photo)

Adkins was held in Hopkins County jail Monday, June 21, 2021, on the warrant for violation of probation, which she was on for a Nov. 7, 2019 possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.

Weatherford also took Isaiah Deonte Bryant-Lacy into custody at 10:32 a.m. Friday at Hunt County jail. She transported the Sulphur Springs man to Hopkins County jail, where he was booked at 11:30 p.m. June 18, 2021, on warrants for violating probation, which he was on for manufacture or delivery of a Penalty Group 3/4 controlled substance and money laundering in the amount of $2,500 to $30,000 charges, according to jail and arrest reports.

Bryant-Lacy was held in Hopkins County jail; bond denied on both felony charges Monday, June 21, 202, according to Hopkins County jail reports.

Dallas County Jail Transfer

Brenda Arzola-Eupracio
(HCSO jail photo)

Weatherford was also made aware that a 23-year-old Dallas woman was in custody in Dallas County jail on a Hopkins County warrant. She traveled there and took Brenda Arzola-Eupracio into custody at 2:14 p.m. June 17, 2021.

The sheriff’s deputy transported the Dallas woman to Hopkins County jail, where she was booked on warrants for bond forfeiture on unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charges. She was originally arrested on the stolen car charge on New Year’s Day 2020, after being stopped by a trooper in an SUV that’d reportedly been stolen the previous evening in Dallas – it belonged to a man who was in the hospital. She was also alleged to have been in possession of suspected crack cocaine at the time of the 2020 traffic stop, according to the 2020 arrest report and jail reports.

She remained in Hopkins County jail Monday, June 21, 2021, on both charges. Arzola-Eupracio’s bonds totaled $20,000: $10,000 each on the felony UUV and controlled substance charges, according to Hopkins County jail reports.

Author: Faith Huffman

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