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2 Women Caught Tuesday With Methamphetamine

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Two women were caught Tuesday with methamphetamine at local businesses, officers allege in arrest reports.

East Shannon Road Arrest

While in the 1500 block of East Shannon Road, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Justin Wilkerson and Zack Steward saw a person slumped over the steering wheel on a white Dodge pickup parked at a gas pump at 12:47 a.m. Nov. 30, 2021. The deputies approached the truck, Wilkerson on the driver’s side and Steward the passenger’s side, to check on the driver.

Rene Lucia Grimaldi (HCSO jail photo)

Wilkerson reported seeing a baggy in the woman’s hand. When asked about it, she allegedly admitted she had a little marijuana. The deputies ordered her out of the truck.

While she was getting out, Wilkerson reported seeing objects protruding from inside of the woman’s shirt near her bra area. When asked to remove it, she pulled out two lighters and a baggy containing a crystal-like substance the deputies suspected was methamphetamine.

Rene Lucia Grimaldi was placed into custody. A probable cause search of the truck revealed additional drug paraphernalia. The truck was impounded. The 50-year-old Pickton woman was transported to the county jail.

Jail staff reported finding a pipe of the kind used to smoke meth concealed in her bra. The substances located field-tested positive for meth; combined, the substances weighed 2.164 grams, including packaging. Grimaldi was booked into Hopkins County jail at 3:05 a.m. Nov. 30, 2021, on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Grimaldi was released from the county jail Dec. 1, 2021, on a $10,000 bond on the felony controlled substance charge.

South Broadway Street Arrest

Sulphur Springs Police Special Crimes Unit Lt. Mark Estes and Sgt. Joe Scott reported being contacted to investigate a claim of a woman smoking methamphetamine in the front restroom at a South Broadway Street store Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 30, 2021.

Marsha Michelle Whitaker
(HCSO jail photo)

The woman had allegedly left a cell phone and suspected methamphetamine when she left the restroom. The items were found and turned over to store staff, who contacted the SCU officials.

The woman, identified in arrest reports as Marsha Michelle Whitaker, returned for the cell phone and zipper bag containing 1.4 grams of suspected meth and pipes. After she took custody of the items on video which the SCU officers were watching, the SCU officers detained her. The 49-year-old Grand Saline woman allegedly admitted to possession the items and to smoking it in the restroom.

She was taken into custody at 2:59 p.m. Nov. 30, 2021, and jailed on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1/1-B controlled substance.

Whitaker was released from Hopkins County jail Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, on a $5,000 bond on the felony 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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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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