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911 Call From Inactive Phone Results In Search Of Residence, 3 Controlled Substance Arrests

A 911 call from an inactive phone to emergency dispatchers Sunday night ultimately resulted in sheriff’s officers responding at a Cumby address, where a search resulted in three controlled substance arrests.

Rodney Edward Petrea Sr.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Wilkerson, Sgt. Scott Davis and Deputy Bobby Osornio responded at 6:26 p.m. Nov. 21, 2021, on Williams Street in Cumby. They were told a 911 call had been made using an inactive phone, the female caller was identified only as a person who frequents the residence before the call was disconnected. Sheriff’s office records showed officers had responded previously at the location to reports of threats and disturbance calls, deputies noted in arrest reports.

Upon arrival, the deputies observed the 48-year-old resident, Rodney Edward Petrea Sr.; 45-year-old Carmen Celeste Pickle of Gainsville; and two children exit a camper trailer. They advised the officers they did not contact authorities. Petrea agreed to let officers search the trailer to verify there were no other females inside. They also contacted 58-year-old Buddy Louis Sikes of Lone Oak, who was reportedly asleep in a van at the address, according to arrest reports. Buddy Louis Sikes is a registered sex offender.

Buddy Louis Sikes

While the officers didn’t locate another woman, they did allege finding a pill bottle with a bag of suspected marijuana and other drug paraphernalia in plain view. They exited with the suspected marijuana and asked for Petrea’s permission to search the trailer further for additional contraband. When he refused, the deputies contacted HCSO Chief Investigator Corley Weatherford, who sought a search warrant for the Williams Street address in Cumby,

No HCSO jail photos available Nov. 22, 2021, for Carmen Celeste Pickle

A records check by dispatchers showed Pickle, who is also known by Carmen McAfee and Carmen Pickle-Scaggs, to be wanted by Austin Parole Division on two warrants for violating probation, which she was on for a possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. Pickle was transported to Hopkins County jail. The children were released to a guardian who later arrived at the address.

Deputies remained on scene at the location until Weatherford secured the search warrant. The sheriff’s officers located additional drug paraphernalia of the kinds used to smoke marijuana and methamphetamine, multiple empty baggies and digital scales of the kind commonly used to weigh and package the substances. A bag containing a crystal-like substance believed to be meth was also located; a small label-less bottle with a pink liquid suspected to be methadone was found in Pickle’s purse inside the trailer.

All suspected contraband was seized, and Petrea and Sikes were taken into custody and transported to jail. The crystal-like substance field-tested positive for meth and weighed 9.02 grams, including packaging. The suspected methadone, according to arrest reports, weighed 21.63 grams, including the container.

Petrea, Sikes and Pickles were all booked into the county jail early Monday morning and there Monday evening, Nov. 22, 2021, in lieu of $35,000 set on the felony possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge.

Bond for Pickles, was also set at $35,000 on the additional controlled substance charge. She was held on the warrants for violating probation on possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.


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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