At least 10 people were arrested on controlled substance and marijuana charges in the past 4 days. Including a Brashear man accused of crashing a vehicle into a parked car; a Gainesville pair alleged to have marijuana, methamphetamine, ammunition and two pistols when stopped near a day care; five people found in possession of two bags of meth when stopped on I-30; four men and a woman caught with contraband on I-30; and a Sulphur Springs woman who reportedly arrived at the courthouse with pills for which she had not been issued a prescription, according to arrest reports.
West Industrial Drive Traffic Stop
Sulphur Springs Police Officers Dustin Green and Thad Cook reported stopping a Nissan Altima at 9:40 p.m. Sunday, March 13, 2022, on West Industrial Drive for a traffic violation. Upon contact with the driver and passenger, identified as Sebastian Cain Page and Fabian Chandler Ruiz, Green reported smelling a strong marijuana odor emitting rom the car and observed contraband in plain view in the car.
Thus, police had the 21-year-old Gainesville men exit the vehicle and detained them in handcuffs while officials conducted a probable cause search of the car. Police reported two loaded firearms, suspected marijuana, a glass pipe with a crystal-like substance in it, two boxes of ammunition among the items discovered.
Before transporting him to jail, police asked Page if he had any other contraband on him. He denied having any. While being dressed out in the jail, however, he was found to have two baggies of a crystal-like substance which weighed 0.6 gram. The suspected marijuana and packaging weighed 12 ounces, Green alleged in arrest reports.
Page was booked into Hopkins County jail just after 1 a.m. Monday, March 14, 2022, on possession of 4 ounces or more but less than 5 pounds of marijuana, prohibited substance in a correctional facility, possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1/1-B controlled substance and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Ruiz was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of 4 ounces or more but less than 5 pounds of marijuana. Drug-free zone enhancements were added to the marijuana charges due to the car’s proximity to a day care at the time of the traffic stop, according to jail reports.
Page and Ruiz remained in Hopkins County jail Monday evening. Page’s bonds were set at $10,000 per charge on the felony marijuana and prohibited substance charges and a $5,000 bond on the felony controlled substance charge. Ruiz’s bonds totaled $20,000 – $10,000 each on the marijuana and firearm charges, according to jail reports.
Interstate 30 West Traffic Stop
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Elijah Fite reported stopping a Dodge Avenger at 4:10 p.m. Sunday, March 13, 2022, on Interstate 30 west near mile marker for a traffic violation. Deputies Kevin Lester and Dan Turrentine assisted.
Upon contact the five occupants were identified as 24-year-old Carlos Cordova-Segovia, 18-year-old Star Herrera-Mungia , 29-year-old Freddy Victorio-Herrera, 22-year-old Enoc Ventura-De La Cruz and 22-year-old Gabriel Ventura-De La Cruz.
Cordova-Segovia and Herrera-Mungia listed a Fort Worth address. The three other men reportedly told deputies they do not know their address. All except Herrera-Mungia were reported to to have been born in Mexico, according to arrest reports.
Fite reported smelling a marijuana odor emitting from the red car. A probable cause search of the car and contents allegedly revealed two clear baggies of suspected methamphetamine. All five occupants were taken into custody and transported to jail for further investigation, Fite alleged in arrest reports.
After being read their rights, all five not only denied ownership of the contraband but claimed they had no knowledge of the suspected methamphetamine at all, Fite alleged in arrest reports. The substance field tested positive as meth and weighed 2 grams, including packaging, deputies alleged in arrest reports.
All five were booked into jail around 7:30 p.m. Sunday on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, according to arrest and jail reports. All five remained in Hopkins County jail Monday evening in lieu of $10,000 bond on the felony controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.
College Street Traffic Stop
Sulphur Springs Police Officer Dustin Green reported stopping a Lincoln MKZ at 2:57 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2022, on College Street for a traffic violation. Upon contact with the driver, identified in arrest reports as Laura Marie Cook, Green noted the 38-year-old Como woman to be extremely nervous, perhaps because of the crystal-like substance he noticed lying on the driver’s side floorboard.
Green had Cook exit the red sedan. She agreed to let him search the car. Green reported finding a black bag with a glass pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and two plastic baggies containing a crystal-like substance on the driver’s seat.
Cook was taken into custody at 3:10 p.m. Saturday. After her car was inventories then towed from the location, Cook was transported to Hopkins County jail. The substance in the baggies weighed 5.4 grams, resulting in Cook being booked into Hopkins County jail at 4:54 p.m. March 12, 2022, on a possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a suspected Penalty Group 1/1-B controlled substance charge, according to arrest reports.
Cook, who jail reports show to also be known by Laura Shaw, was released from Hopkins County jail Sunday, March 13, 2022, on a $20,000 bond on the felony controlled substance charge.
Lee Street DWI Crash
Sulphur Springs Police Officer Thad Cook reported hearing a loud noise at 11:06 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2022, while patrolling and soon discovered a crash that had apparently just occurred. A Chrysler 200 had crashed into a parked car on Lee Street. The driver of the Chrysler was identified as 27-year-old Edgar Campos of Brashear.
Officer Cook reported seeing open alcohol containers and a bag containing a green leafy substance he believed to be marijuana in plain view in the vehicle Campos had been driving. Campos admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages, but refused to perform standard field sobriety tests. Believing based on is interactions with Campos that the Brashear man failed to possess the minimum mental and physical faculties to safely operate a vehicle in Texas, Cook placed Campos under arrest at 11:34 p.m. Friday.
Campos then refused to provide a breath sample for analysis. The car was impounded. Campos was transported to the sheriff’s office to be held while officer sought a warrant requiring a blood sample from Campos. The 27-year-old then was transported to CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs, where a blood specimen was taken per the search warrant signed by a judge.
Campos was transported to Hopkins County jail. The suspected marijuana weighed 4.87 ounces. A records check show the Brashear man to have two prior DWI convictions – one for an Oct. 6, 2012 DWI with open container arrest and another for a Nov. 22, 2014, DWI with open container charge. An outstanding warrant for driving while license invalid was also discovered, according to jail and arrest reports.
Thus, Campos was booked into the county jail at 2:22 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2022, on a third or more driving while intoxicated charge, possession of marijuana and a warrant for driving while license invalid. He was released from Hopkins County jail later Saturday, March 12, 2022, on a $10,000 bond on the third-degree felony DWI-third or more offense charge and a $5,000 bond on the felony possession of 4 ounces or more but less than 5 pounds of marijuana charge, according to jail reports.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josh Davis requested for Deputy Aaron Chaney to respond at Hopkins County Courthouse to assist with an arrest. Upon arrival, Chaney contacted Davis and Courtney Louise Bunch at 8:59 a.m. Thursday, March 10, 2022.
Davis advised Bunch entered the courthouse, where all people entering the courthouse are subject to search. Davis located 2 1/2 blue bars of suspected to be Xanax or Alprazolam during a search of her wallet. She told Davis she didn’t have a prescription for the pills, Chaney alleged in arrest reports.
Chaney took possession on the alleged contraband and placed the 33-year-old Sulphur Springs woman into handcuffs and transported her to jail. After releasing Bunch to jail staff, Davis logged the evidence; the bars weighed approximately 0.65 gram. Because of the courthouse’s proximity to a church day care the location is a drug-free zone. Thus, Bunch was booked into Hopkins County jail at 10:40 a.m. March 10 on a possession of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance in a drug-free zone. She was also served with a warrant for bond revocation on a theft of property valued at $100 or more but less than $750 charge, according to arrest and jail reports.
She was released from Hopkins County jail Friday, March 11, 2022, on a $2,000 bond on the controlled substance charge and $3,000 on the June 10, 2021, theft charge, according to jail reports.
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