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At Least 10 Arrested On Controlled Substance And Related Charges

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At least 10 people were arrested on controlled substance and related charges this week by officers in Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County.

South Broadway Street Traffic Stop

Lovie Ann Moss (HCSO jail photos)

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tanner Steward and Drew Fisher initiated a traffic stop on a Dodge Ram pickup around 9 p.m. Aug. 25, 2021, for traveling at 96 miles per hour in a 75 mph sped zone on Interstate 30. The truck exited I-30 at mile marker 124, then continued west on the north service road a short distance before pulling into the gas station on Industrial Drive at South Broadway Street.

When Steward contacted the driver, the 39-year-old Saltillo woman driving claimed she didn’t have her driver’s license with her. She complied with the HCSO officer’s request for her to exit the truck, then agreed to let him search it. A digital scale, more than one baggie and a splitter with a marijuana smell were found in a backpack. She claimed the items and said the scale was used for food.

The sheriff’s office advised Lovie Ann Moss she was under arrest for possessing drug paraphernalia and had her stand in front of the other deputy’s patrol truck while they continued at the vehicle. When Steward walked back, he reported seeing under the front of Deputy Fisher’s patrol vehicle a black leather package containing a baggy with multiple baggies containing 2.21 grams of a substance the field-tested positive as methamphetamine, 4.283 grams of suspected crack cocaine and three capsules weighing 1.816 grams suspected to be Ecstasy.

As a result, Moss was taken to jail at 9:48 p.m. Aug. 25 and booked in at 12:36 a.m. Aug. 26, on charges of manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance; and possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance; and a tampering with or fabricating physical evidence charge.

She remained in Hopkins County jail on a $30,000 bond on the 4-200 gram charge, $20,000 bond on the 1-4 gram Penalty Group 1 charge; and $10,000 bond on the possession charge.

Tarrant County Jail Transfer

Naomi Zipporah Brown (HCSO jail photo)

Deputy T. Thompson took custody of Naomi Zipporah Brown at 11 a.m. Aug. 25, at Tarrant County jail, where she was held on a Hopkins County warrant. Thompson transported the 26-year-old Fort Worth woman to Hopkins County jail, where she was booked on the outstanding charge of prohibited substance or item in a correctional or civic facility.

She previously spent Dec. 18-28, 2020 in Hopkins County jail on a Nevada County warrant for failure to appear on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge.

Brown remained in Hopkins County jail Aug. 26, 2021, in lieu of the $10,000 bond set on the charge.

Wood County Warrant Arrest

Amanda Blake Dockery

HCSO Officer Courtney Steward took Amanda Blake Dockery into custody at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 25, 2021, at Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office. She was booked in on a warrant for violation of probation on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone.

The offense is alleged to have occurred on Aug. 6, 2021.

The 31-year-old Paris woman, who also is known simply just Amanda Blake, was held in Hopkins County jail Thursday night, Aug. 26, 2021, on the Wood County warrant.

Helm Lane Warrant Arrest

Valerie Nichole Covington

Sulphur Springs Police Cpl. Chris Rosamond contacted Valerie Nichole Covington at 12:21 a.m. Aug. 26, 2021, on Helm Lane. A records check using her identification revealed a warrant for her arrest.

Rosamond took her into custody and transported the18-year-old Sulphur Springs woman to jail, where she was booked at 2:28 a.m. on the warrant for surety off bond on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone.

Covington remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday night, Aug. 26, on the charge. Her bond on the felony charge was set at $150,000.

She was arrested on the initial controlled substance charge on July 1, 2021, and remained in the county jail until July 10, 2020.

San Diego Jail Transfer

Alexander Campos

HCSO Deputies Shing traveled to San Diego, California, where they took Alexander Campos into custody at 8 a.m. Aug. 24, 2021, at San Diego County Central Jail. The 41-year-old Ocean Side, California man was transported him to Hopkins County jail, where he was booked at 8:10 p.m. Aug. 24, 2021 on the local warrant for violation of probation, which he was on for a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Campos was held in Hopkins County jail Thursday night, Aug. 26, 2021m according to jail reports. The offense is alleged to have occurred on May 28, 2021.

FM 71 West Traffic Stop

Kendall Ashley Simpson

HCSO Deputies J. Davis and Sgt. Tanner Steward conducted an investigative stop on a Mitsubishi Eclipse Saturday night, Aug. 21, 2021, on FM 71 west at State Highway 19 north. After observing signs of deception and receiving conflicting stories from the vehicle occupants, the deputies asked to search the car. When Kendall Ashley Simpson refused, a canine was requested at the location.

The police dog gave a positive alert for narcotics inside the car, giving deputies cause to search it. A baggy containing a crystal-like substance that later field-tested positive for methamphetamine was found in a make-up bag on the driver’s side of the car. The substance weighed approximately 3 grams, including packaging, resulting in the 48-year-old Ardmore, Oklahoma woman’s arrest for possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Simpson remained in Hopkins County jail Aug. 26, 2021. Her bond was set at $5,000 on the controlled substance charge.

Connally Street Traffic Stop

Crystal Lee Hickman

HCSO Sgt. Tanner Steward saw a Dodge Dakota turn from Ponder onto Connally Street, then noticed a clear baggy tossed out the passenger’s side window. So, he stopped the truck on Connally at Moore Street around 9:30 p.m. Aug. 21, 2021.

He contacted the pair in the vehicle, then had them step out. Deputy Zack Horne arrived to assist, staying with the pair while Steward walked back to the location where the object landed after exiting the truck window. The clear baggy contained a cigarette and suspected methamphetamine.

A probable cause search of the Dakota revealed a pink container with a package of cigarettes, which passenger Crystal Lee Hickman claimed. The cigarettes matched the one in the baggy. The 58-year-old Dike woman was arrested at 9:42 p.m. for tampering with physical evidence and possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, a drug-free zone enhancement due to the proximity of the traffic stop to a school.

Hickman was released from jail Aug. 22, 2021, on a $10,000 bond on the controlled substance charge and $5,000 bond on the tampering with evidence charge.

FM 71 West Arrest

Ernesto Arellano Martinez

Officer Tim King with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department noticed that the left turn light on a Dodge pickup flashed as it turned east off of FM 3505 onto FM 71 while the right turn light on the trailer it was hauling flashed. So, King initiated a traffic stop on FM 71 at 8:45 a.m. Aug. 21, 2021..

When the deputy approached the truck from the passenger’s side, the 38-year-old Sulphur Springs man inside did not initially lower the window. When the officer asked, he did roll the window down. As he did, King reported seeing an open beer can in the the passenger seat. When ask if there were any additional open containers, he said only old and hot ones. King had driver Ernesto Arellano Martinez step out and wait behind the vehicle.

When King approached the driver’s side door, he detected a marijuana odor. When questioned about it, Martinez admitted to smoking earlier. A brown night bag containing $65, a bag of marijuana, a digital scale, and some small baggies, including two with suspected methamphetamine inside of them was located in the console. Three unopened alcohol containers were also located in the vehicle.

When advised he was being arrested for possession of of the substances, Martinez allegedly claimed he had to do it to make month. The suspected meth weighed 16 grams and the marijuana was less than 1 gram.

Martinez was jailed for possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. He was released from the county jail Aug. 22, 2021, on a $20,000 bond on the controlled substance charge and a $1,000 bond on the marijuana charge.

East Shannon Road Arrests

Jessica Marie Reynolds
Laurence Wade Cantwell II

Deputies followed up on a tip of suspected narcotic and fraudulent activity at a room in a Shannon Road hotel at 6:45 a.m. Aug. 21, 2021.

Upon contact, occupant Jessica Marie Reynolds agreed to let the sheriff’s officers search the room. The 41-year-old woman reportedly admitted to the deputies to the presence of methamphetamine in the room. True to her word, the officers located a substance that later field-tested positive for meth inside of a telephone box in the room. Including packaging, the suspected meth weighed 5.22 grams. Both Reynolds and occupant Laurence Wade Cantrell II allegedly admitted they’d recently used meth.

As the deputies continued their search of the hotel room, they reported finding give credit cards that didn’t belong to either Cantwell or Reynolds. Inside the room were two juveniles, one age 15 and the other younger, children of the two adult occupants.

Both Reynolds and the 40-year-old Sulphur Springs man were taken into custody for possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of meth, a penalty group 1 controlled substance, possession of identifying information (the credit cards) and abandoning or endangering of a child-criminal negligence. Cantwell, who is also known by Laurence Wadell Cantwell, was also found to be wanted on a parole violation charge.

Cantwell and Reynolds remained in Hopkins County jail Aug. 26, 2021, in lieu $35,000 bond on the controlled substance charge, a $15,000 bond on the fraud charge, $10,000 on the child endangerment charge. Cantwell was held on the parole violation award.


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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Author: Faith Huffman

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