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Residential Search Yields Xanax Bars, THC Wax, Marijuana, Pistol

A residential search yielded Xanax bars, THC wax, marijuana and a pistol Monday afternoon, resulting in one arrest. At least five others have also been arrested on controlled substance and related charges from Friday, Nov. 4- Tuesday morning, Nov. 9, 2021.

Main Street Search Warrant

Marc Oneill Hutchings

Sulphur Springs Police Department Special Crimes Unit assisted police detectives in execution of a search warrant at a Main Street residence around 1 p.m. Nov. 8, 2021.

During the search, SCU Lt. Mark Estes found 108 grams of suspected Xanax bars, 4.9 grams of suspected THC wax, 18.7 ounces (1 pound, 2.7 ounces) of marijuana, a 9mm pistol and several rounds of ammunition. The officers also found multiple large vacuum-sealed bags containing marijuana residue and digital scales, Estes and Detective Brian Shurtleff alleged in arrest reports.

As a result, resident Marc Oneil Hutchings was arrested at 1:30 p.m. on charges of possession of 28 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance, possession of 4 grams or more but less than 400 grams of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance and possession of 4 ounces or more but less than 5 pounds of marijuana. The 26-year-old Sulphur Springs man also found to have an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

Hutchings was booked into Hopkins County jail at 2:14 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, marking the third time he’s been jailed in Hopkins County this year. He was also spent hte night in jail April 10, 2021, and July 23, 2021, on public intoxication charges.

He remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 9, 2021. His bonds on the charges totaled $90,000 – $50,000 on the second-degree felony Penalty Group 2 controlled substance charge, $30,000 on the third-degree Penalty Group 3 controlled substance charge, and $10,000 on the marijuana charge.

Amy Lea Spencer

Warrant Arrest

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Alvin Jordan responded at the Adult Probation Office just before 9 a.m. Nov. 8, 2021, and took 50-year-old Amy Lea Spencer of Como into custody for violation of probation, which she was on for a 2017 possession of controlled substance charge.

Spencer, who is also known by Amy Lea Jones, Amy Lee Jones Spencer and Amy Lee Spencer, was held in the county jail on the charge Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.

Monday was the second time she has been jailed for violating probation on the charge. She spent Jan. 6-31, 2019 in the county jail for violating probation on the charge as well, according to jail records.

I-30 Drug Paraphernalia Arrest

A HCSO deputy stopped early Monday morning, Nov. 8, after noticing a vehicle parked in the ditch along the south Interstate-30 service road . Upon closer inspection, a man appeared to be asleep in the driver’s seat of the Dodge Ram 1500. The man was awakened and asked to exit the truck to speak with the deputy. The deputy reported the man to be disoriented, involuntarily shaking, had a quivering voice and red, bloodshot eyes.

After being asked a several times, the deputy alleged in arrest reports, the man exited the pickup and agreed to let the officer search his pockets for weapons and contraband. The deputy located a glass pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke methamphetamine with residue on it in while searching the man.

At that point the man, identified as a a 37-year-old Springdale, Arkansas man, was placed into custody. A probable cause search of the truck turned up no further paraphernalia or other contraband. Another deputy arrived and transported the Arkansas man to jail. His truck was towed and his dog was housed at Sulphur Springs Animal shelter.

The Arkansas man was booked into Hopkins County jail at 7 a.m. Nov. 8, 2021, on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge. He was released later Monday.

Cumby Warrant Arrest

Joshua Randall Case

HCSO Deputy Justin Wilkerson was made aware of two warrants for Joshua Randall Case’s arrest Saturday, Nov. 6. Wilkerson went to the 21-year-old Cumby man’s Main Street residence and contacted him. Case was taken into custody at 11:17 p.m. on the warrants, which were confirmed through HCSO Communications, Wilkerson noted in arrest reports.

Wilkerson transported Case to jail, where he was booked at 12 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, on a Class A misdemeanor warrant for burglary of vehicles and a warrant for violation of probation, which he was on for an Oct. 9, 2019, prohibited substance in a correctional, civic or community facility.

Case, who is also known by Joshua A. Case, remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday evening, Nov. 9, 2021; his bond on the burglary charge was set at $2,000, and he was held on the probation charge.

South Locust Street Traffic Stop

Sulphur Springs Police conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Thunderbird at 10:22 a.m. Nov. 5, 2021, on South Locust Street. Upon contact with the driver, Officer Sean Hoffman recognized him as a man who did not have a valid driver’s license.

Kerry Leterrys Gotcher

Police reported the man displayed signs of nervousness, including excessively shaking hands, pulse beating so rapidly in his carotid artery it was visible and the man’s excessive talking. When asked to be honest about why he was so nervous, the man allegedly admitted he had marijuana in the vehicle and retrieved the aforementioned contraband.

The officers had him step out of the car while a search was conducted. Police reported finding a glass pipe of the kind commonly use to smoke methamphetamine in the floor behind the driver’s seat of the man’s car. A magnetic hide-a-key box found under the car directly below the driver’s side door yielded a bag of suspected meth and another bag containing marijuana seeds.

As a result, 34-year-old Kerry Leterrys Gotcher (also known by Kerry La Terry Gotcher) was arrested at 11:41 a.m. Nov. 5 by Hoffman and SSPD Officer Cook, for possession of a Penalty Group 1/1B controlled substance and on three misdemeanor warrants, one for failure to maintain financial responsibility and two for no driver’s license. Fees owed on the traffic charges totaled $1,123.20.

Gotcher remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday evening, Nov. 9, 2021, in lieu of the $35,000 bond set on the controlled substance charge.

Gilmer Street Traffic Stop

Sulphur Springs Police Officer reported stopping a Chevrolet Avalanche at 3:54 p.m. Nov. 5, 2021, in the 800 block of Gilmer Street for a traffic violation. While talking with the driver, the officer reported smelling a strong marijuana odor emitting from the SUV. When asked, the man reportedly admitted he’d smoked marijuana earlier in the day.

A probable cause search revealed a bag containing suspected marijuana in the passenger’s side of the console. The driver claimed it and was taken into custody at 4:29 p.m. for possession of drug paraphernalia.

A records check showed the 31-year-old Sulphur Springs man had five outstanding misdemeanor warrants, two each for failure to maintain financial responsibility and no driver’s license, and one for open container.. Fees on the outstanding charges totaled $2,228.20.

The man was transported to jail and booked in on the drug paraphernalia charge and five warrants, and the vehicle was released to the passenger. He was released from jail on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

Friday was the second time in four months that the 31-year-old Sulphur Springs man has been booked into Hopkins County jail. He was also arrested July 31, 2021, on a driving wile intoxicated with open container charge; he was released on a $1,000 bond later that day on the DWI charge.

KSSTRadio.com publishes Sulphur Springs Police Department reports and news. The Police Department is located at 125 Davis St., Sulphur Springs, Texas. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 885-7602.

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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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