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HCSO: Marijuana, Methamphetamine And Pills Found During Traffic Stop

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Marijuana, methamphetamine and pills were reportedly found during a West Industrial Drive traffic stop Tuesday night, according to arrest reports.

Monica Jane “MJ” Groves

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Zack Steward and Justin Wilkerson reported stopping a Ford F150 pickup at 8:09 p.m. Dec. 28, 2021, for failing to signal 100 feet prior to a turn on West Industrial Drive at South Broadway Street. On contact, they noticed the driver appeared nervous, with shaking hands. The officers alleged she exhibited signs of bruxism, a condition commonly associated with narcotics usage.

Deputies collected the woman’s Ohio driver’s license as well as the ID of the male passenger. A records check showed the woman had been arrested previously in Hopkins County on a controlled substance charge. When asked, she denied there was anything illegal in the truck and agreed to let the officers search it. They found evidence to the contrary, a zipper bag with a green leafy substance they believed to be marijuana, a small bag with a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine, and three different types of pills.

The woman and passenger were detained. She agreed to talk to deputies and claimed the contraband. Monica Jane “M.J.” Groves was taken into custody and the truck was released to the passenger. The three pills was identified at the sheriff’s office and the crystal-like substance field-tested positive for meth and weighed 3.38 grams, including packaging.

Consequently, the 37-year-old Cooper woman was booked into Hopkins County jail at 9:43 p.m. Dec. 28, 2021, on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge. Groves was released from Hopkins County jail Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, on a $30,000 bond on the third-degree felony charge.

Jail records also show Groves was booked into then released from the county jail on a $5,000 bond on Oct. 26, 2021, on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 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.

Author: Faith Huffman

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