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5 Felony Controlled Substance and Marijuana Arrests July 31-Aug. 3, 2021

Local authorities made five felony controlled substance and marijuana arrests from Aug. 1-4, 2021, according to arrest and jail reports.

Tacka Dashell Gotcher

Tacka Dashell Gotcher was involved in a Sulphur Springs Police Department Special Crimes Unit investigation in which an undercover purchase of methamphetamine took place the previous day, SCU Lt. Mark Estes alleged in arrest reports. The SCU officers secured a felony warrant for her arrest, served it at a South Broadway Street address where she had been staying and took her into custody at 10:50 a.m. Aug. 3, 2021. Gotcher remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021 on the manufacture or delivery of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. Bond was set at $50,000 on the second-degree felony charge.

Jame Jo Evans

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Todd Evans and Deputy Alvin Jordan located Jame Jo Evans at a Van Sickle Street residence, served her with a warrant and took her into custody at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 3, 2021. The 35-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was transported to jail, where she remained Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance; bond was set at 15,000 on the charge. Her probation officer was contacted by the deputies. She was later charged on a warrant for violation of probation on for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Cumby Police Officer J. Talley stopped a 2014 BMW 528i at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1, 2021, on Interstate 30 west at mile marker 109 for not having a front license plate. The driver was identified as 28-year-old De-Andre Xavier Scott of Lancaster and the passenger as 37-year-old Jovan Martell Brandon of DeSoto.

When Scott opened the glove box to retrieve proof of insurance as requested by Talley, the Cumby officer alleged seeing a bag with burned hand-rolled cigarillos containing marijuana. A probable cause search of the car revealed marijuana and two firearms in a duffel bag.

Talley requested CPD Lt. Paul Robertson to respond at the location. Robertson brought his K-9 partner “Amigo” to assist. While assisting with the search, additional contraband was found. Among the cache of illegal another firearm in the vehicle. After the roadside investigation, the officers counted 2 pounds, 7 ounces of marijuana, several xanax pills, three handguns, body armor, and several boxes of ammo were discovered in the vehicle.

The pair was taken into custody at 4:57 p.m. Aug. 1, 2021, and jailed for possession of 4 ounces or more but less than 5 pounds of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Both Brandon and Scott were both released from Hopkins County jail on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Bond for each was set at $5,000 on the marijuana charge and $2,000 on the weapon charge.

Gregory Blackwell

HCSO Deputy Aaron Chaney stopped a Honda SUV at 10:27 p.m. July 31, 2021, on FM 275 south at County Road 1140 for defective license plate lights. Upon contact with the occupants, Chaney noted they appeared excessively nervous. The driver’s hands were shaking and he had a slight quiver in his voice while initially talking with the deputy. The passenger, Chaney alleged, appeared to be avoiding making eye contact with him. He obtained permission to search the SUV and had both occupants exit the vehicle.

After patting each down, the Element was then searched. Chaney found two pink clear squares he suspected to be acid or LSD units that were wrapped in foil in Gregory Blackwell’s wallet on the passenger’s seat. When the 20-year-old Greenville man admitted it was indeed acid, he was arrested on a possession of less than 20 units of the Penalty Group 1A controlled substance. Blackwell was jailed on the charge at 11:30 p.m. July 31. He was released from Hopkins County jail Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, on a $5,000 bond on the felony charge.

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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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