Marijuana Odor Detected During Traffic Stop, Bottle Under The Driver’s Feet Result In 2 Arrests

An obscured license plate caught a Cumby officers’ attention at 4:11 p.m. Feb. 18, the marijuana smell coming from the car while talking to the occupants made him suspicious, but the yellow bottle under the driver’s feet was what resulted in not only her arrest the passenger’s as well, according to arrest reports.

Beverly Alaina Bailey (HCSO jail photo)

According to arrest reports, the driver voluntarily handed over the bottle. It contained a crystal-like substance Cumby Police Officer Justin Talley identified as methamphetamine. The passenger, identified in arrest reports as 20-year-old Whitney Armstrong of Sulphur Springs, confirmed the bottle found under the driver’s feet belonged to her as well. Consequently, both Armstrong and the driver, 25-year-old Beverly Bailey of Greenville, were arrested at 4:24 p.m. Feb. 18, 2022, for possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

A records check showed that Armstrong also had an outstanding Hunt County warrant for the same charge. She was booked on both.

Bailey was released from Hopkins County jail Saturday on a $10,000 bond on the charge. Armstrong, however, remained in Hopkins County jail Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022; her bond also was set at $10,000 on the local charge and $50,000 on the Hunt County charge, according to jail reports.

Whitney Renee Armstrong
(HCSO jail photo)

Jail records also show that Friday was not the first time for either to be booked into Hopkins County jail.

Armstrong has been booked into Hopkins County jail on a controlled substance charge. She was arrested June 11, 2020 on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, then released on June 15, 2020 on a $5,000 bond. She also was jailed June 24, 2021, for bond forfeiture on the 2020 charge; a $10,000 bond was required for her release Sept. 8, 2021 from jail, according to jail reports.

Bailey was previously jailed March 6, 2018, for possession of drug paraphernalia as well as a Hunt County warrant for possession of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. She remained in Hopkins County jail until March 19, 2018, on those charges, jail records state.

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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