Argumentative Como Woman Allegedly Concealed Drug Paraphernalia

An argumentative Como woman arrested after drug paraphernalia was found in her car ended up being charged with tampering with evidence after jail staff discovered she had also concealed drug paraphernalia in a body cavity. Early Monday morning, a 24-year-old Sulphur Springs man was also arrested at the location just before midnight Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, for public intoxication.

Concealed Drug Paraphernalia

Maegan Deleyn Strawn

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tanner Steward and Deputy Elijah Fite reported seeing a woman driving a Ford F150 pickup on South Broadway Street at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. While on a traffic stop, Steward said he didn’t see a turn signal used when the woman changed from the right to the left lane.

Fite, who was closer to the truck in question, saw it pull into a gas station in the 1200 block of South Broadway Street and exit the truck. So, he too pulled in at the station, then contacted the driver. Dispatchers advised the Maegan Deleyn Strawn did not have a valid driver’s license. The 26-year-old Como woman allegedly became argumentative when the deputies tried to explain the reason he was contacting her. Sgt. Steward approached and asked permission to search the vehicle due to her behavior.

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Sulphur Springs Police Officer Buddy Williams responded, when requested, with his canine partner at the location. Kilo gave a positive alert on the vehicle for contraband. A probable cause search of the truck yielded a pink container with a crystal-like residue the officers believed to be methamphetamine; it came back positive for meth using a field-testing kit.

When asked if she was concealing anything illegal on her, Strawn replied ‘no’. She was then reportedly taken into custody for possession of drug paraphernalia.

While being processed into the county jail, officials discovered she had concealed paraphernalia, specifically a glass pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke methamphetamines. It was allegedly found protruding out of the woman’s rectum. The Como woman then allegedly admitted to lying to deputies by concealing the glass pipe in her body cavity.

Strawn was also charged with tampering with physical evidence. She was released from Hopkins County jail Monday afternoon, Nov. 29, 2021, on a $10,000 bond on the tampering charge.

Monday was the second time in just under a month Strawn has been booked into the county jail. She was also arrested on Halloween for not having a driver’s license.

Public Intoxication Arrest

While on scene at the other call, deputies reportedly notified SSPD Officer Victor Reyna that they were out with a man who was suspected to be intoxicated.

The 24-year-old Sulphur Springs man was reported at 11:53 p.m. to display indicators of intoxication, including slurred speech, being unsteady while walking and standing. An Alcoholic beverage odor also allegedly emitted form the man.

Horizontal gaze nystagmus testing was attempted, but the man was unable to follow instructions and, thus, unable to complete HGN testing.

The Sulphur Springs man was booked into Hopkins County jail at 1 a.m. Nov. 29, 2021, and released later Monday on a public intoxication charge.

Nov. 29, 2021, was the fifth time the 24-year-old Sulphur Springs resident has been booked into Hopkins County jail, all this year (April 18, July 3 and Oct. 13, 2021) except the first, on March 25, 2021, when he was jailed on a drug paraphernalia 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.

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