Local law enforcement officers made a dozen controlled substance and related arrests the week of Sept. 4-10, 2021, including an Arkansas man found sleeping in his car, music blaring, with suspected controlled substances, a large sum of cash and at least one fake $100-bill; and several instances in which more than one person was taken into custody following contact with officers, according to sheriff’s office and police reports.
South Davis Street Traffic Stop
Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Joe Scott and Lt. Mark Estes reported stopping a blue Lexus in the 1100 bock of South Davis Street at 4:49 p.m. Sept. 9, 2021, after the driver failed to signal 100 feet prior to a turn. Upon contact with driver Steven Derek Hanson, the officers noted both he and the passenger showed signs of nervousness.
Hanson allegedly admitted to having methamphetamine in the sedan. A search revealed the 29-year-old Sulphur Springs man had told the truth: they found about 2.7 grams of methamphetamine in the car, along with syringes and a scale. Hanson was taken into custody and transported to the county jail, where he was charged with possession of gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. A drug-free zone enhancement was added to the charge, as the arrest occurred less than 1,000 feet from a child care facility.
He remained in Hopkins County jail Friday evening, Sept. 10, 2021. His bond was set at $10,000 on the controlled substance charge. He also was held on without bond for violation of parole.
Hopkins County jail records show Sept. 9, 2021, was the second time Hanson has been charged with violation of parole, and third time he’s been booked into Hopkins County jail on a controlled substance charge. He was jailed Oct. 18, 2015, then released later that day on a $20,000 bond on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge. He was booked into jail again on Nov. 10, 2015, on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. While in jail until May 5, 2016, Hanson was charged with violation of parole and sentenced 5 years in Texas Department of Criminal Justice on the 1-4 gram charge.
Calvert Street Arrests
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputies J. Davis and Drew Fisher traveled to Calvert Street address at late Wednesday night, in an attempt to serve a warrant and ended up taking two men into custody.
Fisher stopped a Honda Accord at 11:45 p.m. Sept. 8, on Carter Street at Calvert Street for a traffic violation. A records check showed the passenger, Clifford Alan Plant, to be wanted for violation of parole. The 62-year-old Winnsboro man was taken into custody and booked into the county jail at 2:04 a.m. Sept. 9, 2021, on the warrant, acording to arrest reports. Clifford was held without bond on the charge Friday evening, Sept. 10, 2021.
While in the area to serve an arrest warrant, the sheriff’s officers obtained permission by a resident to enter a Carter Street residence and search it. While doing so, they found Phillip Ryan Gibson in possession of a baggy containing a crystal-like substance that later weighed 0.24 grams and field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Thus, Gibson was arrested at 12:09 a.m. Sept. 9, 2021. He was transported to the county jail, where he was placed into a v-cell after advising he was suicidal.
The 23-year-old Sulphur Springs man was booked into Hopkins County jail on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge. A drug-free zone enhancement was added due to the Carter Street address’ proximity to a school.
Gibson was released from Hopkins County jail later Sept. 9, 2021, on a $10,000 bond on the controlled substance charge.
US Highway 67 East Traffic Stop
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Bauman and Sgt. Scott Davis stopped a Honda SUV, after driver Jimmy Ray English failed to signal a turn from FM 900 north onto U.S. Highway 67 east in Saltillo at 3:24 a.m. Sept. 7, 2021, and ended up taking two people to jail.
The 49-year-old Dallas man pulled into a driveway. When contacted, he admitted he didn’t have a valid driver’s license.
Deputies asked driver English and passenger Joshua Luke Deal pf Mount Vernon to step out of the SUV. When the deputy asked to search the car, English reportedly explained it wasn’t his vehicle, but did call the owner and got permission.
Deputies found a can with small plastic baggies containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine. Both English and 45-year-old Deal were placed into handcuffs. Both were asked individually if the contraband was theirs. Neither claimed it so both were advised they were being taken into custody for possessing the contraband.
Arrangements were made with the registered vehicle owner for another person to take possession of the SUV. While waiting, deputies discovered a pill bottle directly under the front bumper of his patrol unit, where Deal was standing. The bottle contained another baggy of suspected meth, and more clear baggies.
At that point, passenger Deal told officials he was having blood sugar issues. EMS was called to the location, then transported Deal to the hospital for treatment of high blood sugar. Sgt. Davis followed the ambulance EMS to the hospital and stayed there as the passenger was considered to still be in custody.
Baumann transported English to the county jail and released him to jail staff. The deputy then field-tested the crystal-like substance in the two small baggies; the substance tested positive for meth and weighed 1.49 grams. The substance in the pill bottle also field tested positive for meth and weighed 5.2 grams.
English was booked into Hopkins County jail on a charge of possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, for the two baggies of substance found in the can in the SUV. A drug-free zone enhancement was added due to the proximity of the stop to a school facility.
English, who is also known by Christopher English, remained in Hopkins County jail Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, in lieu of the $10,000 bond set on the controlled substance charge.
Deal was booked into Hopkins County jail around 9 a.m. Sept. 7, 2021, on charges of manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence, for the alleged meth found in the pill bottle under the vehicle, and on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, for the suspected meth found in the vehicle they had been traveling in. Drug-free charge enhancements were added to the controlled substance offenses Deal was accused of as well.
The 45-year-old Mount Vernon man remained in Hopkins County jail Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, in lieu of $85,000 bond – $45,000 bond on the manufacture or delivery charge and $20,000 bond each on the two other charges.
South Broadway Street Warrant Arrest
Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Matt Glenn Stopped a Ford Ranger pickup at 10:34 p.m. Sept. 7, 2021, in the 1700 block of South Broadway Street for speeding.
A records check using driver Kyle Daniel Goggans’ ID information revealed a Wise County warrant for the 36-year-old Sulphur Springs man’s arrest.
Goggans was taken into custody and transported to jail on the outstanding charge of violation of probation, which he was on for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.
The 36-year-old Sulphur Springs man remained in Hopkins County jail Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, with bond denied on the violation of probation charge.
Frisco Street Traffic Stop
HCSO Deputy Aaron Chaney reported stopping Brian Winston Johnson at 3:43 a.m. Sept. 7, 2021, on Frisco Street at First Street in Cumby after noticing that the Honda Accord he was driving had a defective license plate light.
While talking with the 39-year-old Cumby man,Chaney noted his hands were slightly shaky and noticed a grocery bag on the floorboard between the driver’s feet. A set of digital scales were visible in the bag.
When asked about the scales and if he had any contraband in the vehicle, Johnson denied having illegal contraband. He also was alleged to initially agree to allow the deputy to search the car, but quickly recanted. Chaney reportedly told Johnson to step out of the car and called for a police canine to be brought to the location.
According to deputies, the 39-year-old Cumby man became argumentative, and didn’t immediately comply with the order to get out of the vehicle. Johnson then allegedly grabbed at his left thigh, in what the deputy claimed appeared to him to an attempt by Johnson to conceal something. Chaney said he grabbed Johnson’s hand in an attempt to remove whatever item he held.
Johnson allegedly resisted Chaney’s attempts to gain control of the item, but the deputy was able to secure Johnson’s left hand in a restraint. Chaney reported using the handcuff to get Johnson out of the car, then tried to get the item Johnson had in his hand, which at that point he could see was a glass pipe of hte kind commonly used to smoke methamphetamine wrapped in a paper towel. Before he could get the other handcuff on Johnson, Chaney alleged the Cumby man threw the pipe to the ground, shattering a portion of it. Deputy Justin Wilkerson soon arrived to assist Chaney.
Chaney reported finding no contraband on Johnson during a pat down, but did find several small clear plastic baggies containing a small amount of suspected marijuana, several cut straws and other items of drug paraphernalia were found in the car. In a cigarette package in the driver’s side door Chaney reported finding two baggies containing suspected methamphetamine. The contraband was seized and Johnson’s girlfriend was called to retrieve the vehicle. A records check upon her arrival showed the 37-year-old woman had several active warrants out of Delta County, so she too was placed into custody. A family member of one of the arrested pair then arrived and took possession of the car.
Both Johnson and his girlfriend were transported to Hopkins County jail. Wilkerson took custody of the woman and transported her to the Hopkins-Delta County line, where a deputy from that department had agreed to meet. The Delta County deputy then drove the woman to the jail from their county.
The contraband field-tested positive for meth and weighed 0.84 grams including packaging. As a result, Johnson was booked into Hopkins county jail at 6:43 a.m. Sept. 7, 2021, on tampering with evidence and possession of less than 1 gram of a controlled substance charges.
Johnson remained in they county jail Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, in lieu of $10,000 bond on the tampering with evidence charge and a $5,000 bond on the controlled substance charge. He too was discovered to have an outstanding Delta County warrant for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana; bond on that charge was set at $1,000.
East Shannon Road Arrests
Sulphur Springs Police received a tip from Crime Stoppers stating a wanted person, Chaddrick Ladale Smith, was in the area of an East Shannon Road motel. Police Officer Sean Hoffman, Lt. Mark Estes and Sgt. Joe Scott went to the address, where gained confirmation that the 39-year-old Sulphur Springs man had been seen in a specific room at the motel on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.
Following up on that tip, the police officers located Chaddrick Ladale Smith in the room with a woman police identified in arrest reports as his girlfriend. Police asked Smith to step outside the room with them.
While Scott and Hoffman talked with Smith, Estes observed Brooke Lanee McSparrin trying to conceal a zippered pouch behind the trash can next to where she was sitting. Estes retrieved the bag which allegedly contained a crystal-like substance the officer believed based on his training and experience in the field to be methamphetamine. As a result, the 34-year-old Commerce woman was arrested at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2021, Hoffman noted in the woman’s Sept. 7 arrest report.
McSparrin was charged with possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. She remained in Hopkins County jail Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, in lieu of $5,000 bond on the charge.
Smith, who is also known by Chad Smith and Shaddrick Ladale Smith, too remained in Hopkins County jail Friday night, Sept. 10, 2021, in lieu of the $150,000 bond set on the burglary of habitation charge.
Suspicious Vehicle At Brashear Post Office
HCSO Deputies Bobby Osornio and Dan Turrentine responded Tuesday morning, Sept. 7, 2021, to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the employee parking lot at Brashear Post Office on FM 2653. The complainant told dispatchers loud music could be heard coming from the vehicle and the man in the vehicle wasn’t responding to prompts to try to get his attention.
Upon arrival at 8:08 a.m., the deputies observed a black Lexus with Arkansas license plates occupying two parking spaces in the employee parking lot. Deputies could indeed see a male in the driver’s seat with all the windows rolled up and the car engine turned off. Deputies were more successful in waking the man, who was identified as David Brian Holcomb. The 53-year-old Benton, Arkansas resident reportedly told deputies he was taking a nap because he was fatigued.
The sheriff’s officer asked Holcomb to step out of the vehicle. As deputies began patting him down to check for weapons, the Arkansas resident admitted to having an OC can in his front pocket. As the can was removed from his pocket, a small baggy containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be meth was found in his watch pocket. Holcomb was placed into custody and the car searched.
Deputies alleged finding a THC cartridge, marijuana grinder, multiple jars containing suspected marijuana, a glass pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke meth that had a residue on it as well as a large amount of US currency in the center console. Multiple small, glass jars containing suspected marijuana were also found in the trunk of the car in a small black bag. All contraband and currency were secured as evidence.
When asked about the suspected meth found in his pocket, Holcomb allegedly claimed to be unaware it was in his pocket. He then refused to speak further with deputies, so deputies were unable to determine how the money was acquired. The car was impounded and Holcomb was transported to Hopkins County jail.
The deputies weighed the contraband. The baggy of suspected meth weighed 0.31 gram and the THC cartridge weighed 11.93 grams including packaging. Once counted, the deputies determined cash totaled approximately $48,000; a counterfeit 100-dollar bill was also located by deputies as the currency was counted.
Holcomb was charged at 8:43 p.m. Sept. 7, 2021, on possession of less than 1 gram of a penalty Group 1 controlled substance for the suspected meth, possession of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance (the THC cartridge), money laundering and forgery of a financial instrument for having the fake $100.
The 43-year-old Arkansas man. who is also known by the alias Christopher Michael Smith, spent two nights in Hopkins County jail, then was released on Wednesday on a a$20,000 bond n the money laundering charge, and $5,000 each on the three other charges.
SH 11 East Traffic Stop
Shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, HCSO Deputy Jason Lavender was dispatched to check out a report of a suspected drunk driver traveling east on State Highway 11 toward Como. Lavender spotted what he believed to be the suspect’s vehicle, a black Chevrolet Equinox with the specified license plate, crossing the over the center strip on SH 11 east and initiated a traffic stop in a gas station parking lot in Como.
Lavender noticed the front passenger in the SUV, later identified as Justin Lee Smith, lean back in his seat and make movements as if he was trying to hid something in his pants. He had Smith step out of the vehicle and searched his pockets. A bag containing suspected black tar heroin and a second bag of suspected powdered heroin were found in the 30-year-old Grand Saline man’s front coin pocket.
Smith was taken into custody and transported by Deputy Drew Fisher to jail, where Smith allegedly admitted to being in possession of heroin. The substance weighed 0.81 gram and field tested positive for heroin. Smith was arrested for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.
The 30-year-old Grand Saline man was released from Hopkins County jail Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, on a $5,000 bond on the controlled substance charge.
On Sept. 4, 2021, Deputy Lavender reported being asked, while booking another person into jail, to execute a warrant on Kristie Leah Crumpton.
Lavender complied, executing the warrant at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, and booking the 35-year-old Greenville woman into Hopkins County jail on the warrant or violation of probation, which she was on for a possession of less than gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance conviction.
Crumpton remained in Hopkins County jail Friday, night Sept. 10, 2021, held without bond.
Last Saturday was the second time Crumpton has been jailed for violating probation on charge; she also spent Aug. 13-Sept. 25, 2019 in the county jail for violating probation on a controlled substance charge, according to Hopkins County jail records.
Kyle Street Pedestrian Stop
SSPD Officer Sean Hoffman spotted Creston Leon Weatherall walking on Kyle Street at 7:53 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, and asked dispatchers to conduct a records check. They reported the 31-year-old Sulphur Springs man was wanted on four traffic warrants.
Hoffman patted Weatherall down prior to taking him into custody. A cigar package in his pocket contained suspected meth. He was arrested for possession of less than a gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, as well as two expired registration warrants, one warrant each for no driver’s license warrant and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
He remained in the county jail Friday night. Bond was set at $10,000 on the controlled substance charge.
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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