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4 Arrested In 3 Days On Controlled Substance Charges

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Emory Woman Reportedly Had Teen In Car When Caught With Methamphetamine

Four people were arrested over the past three days on controlled substance charges. An Emory woman reportedly had a 13-year-old in the car with her when caught with methamphetamine. The two Fort Worth women were reportedly caught with meth and rock cocaine during a traffic stop. A Sulphur Springs man was arrested at the courthouse on warrants.

Wildcat Way Traffic Stop

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Isaac Foley reported stopping a Cadillac CTS at 12:57 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2022, for failing to signal 100 feet prior to a turn from Majors Drive west onto Wildcat Way. The southbound car reportedly didn’t signal until after coming to a complete stop on Majors Drive, then proceeded onto Wildcat Way near County Road 1103.

Jasmyn Starr Williams AKAK Jasmyn Starr Bissell and Jasmin Starr Williams

Upon contact, Foley observed a woman, identified as Jasmyn Starr Williams, and a 13-year-old in the vehicle. The 37-year-old Emory woman told the officer she had just left her boyfriend’s residence and was headed to Yantis. The deputy, noted in arrest reports that he found that strange since Yantis is located just off of State Highway 154, which is to the southeast and she had traveled southwest.

Foley noted that Williams failed to make eye contact with him. That coupled with what seemed like an illogical travel itinerary, resulted in the deputy obtaining the woman’s permission to search the car. Foley reported taking the woman into custody after finding a bag with a crystal-like substance he believed based on his training and law enforcement experience to be methamphetamine.

Sgt. Tanner Steward then arrived to assist Foley with his investigation. After the search of the vehicle was complete, Williams allegedly admitted to having more contraband in her pants. She was allowed to retrieve it, then handcuffed. Williams was transported to Hopkins County jail at 1:28 a.m. June 17, 2022. The suspected controlled substance was seized as evidence. They crystal-like substance field-tested positive for meth and weighted just under 3 grams, including packaging, Foley alleged in arrest reports.

Williams, who is also known by Jasmyn Starr Bissell and Jasmin Starr Williams, was booked into jail at 2:53 a.m. Friday on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of the Penalty Group 1/1-B controlled substance methamphetamine charge. A drug-free zone enhancement was added to the charge due to the proximity of the traffic stop to a school.

The 27-year-old Emory woman was released from Hopkins County jail later Friday, June 17, 2022, on a $20,000 bond on the controlled substance charge.

Courthouse Arrest

David Ray Rholes Jr

HCSO Deputy Alvin Jordan took David Ray Rholes Jr. into custody at 10:10 a.m. June 15, 2022, at the District Courthouse. Rholes was scheduled to report at 9 a.m. for pretrial hearings to hire an attorney to represent him on a controlled substance possession charge, according to Wednesday’s docket and arrest reports. The 53-year-old Sulphur Springs man also had four outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

Rholes was escorted to Hopkins county jail, where he was booked in on two expired registration warrants, one failure to maintain financial responsibility warrant, one fictitious license plate or registration, one warrant for driver having an open container and had his bond revoked on a Nov. 15, 2021 possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1/1-B controlled substance charge. Fees owed on the outstanding misdemeanor warrants totaled $2,021, according to jail reports. He remained in Hopkins County jail on the charges Friday, June 17, 2022, according to jail reports.

Interstate 30 Traffic Stop

HCSO Deputy Josh Davis reported stopping a Jeep Liberty being driven in the left lane near mile marker 138 on Interstate 30 east without passing other vehicles at 2:02 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Upon contact wit the occupants, the deputy reported smelling a marijuana odor emitting from the vehicle. A search yielded several items of drug paraphernalia belonging to passenger Rachel Erin Denison, according to arrest reports.

Tonya LaShawn Gilstrap

Denison was taken into custody and, before being transported to jail on the drug paraphernalia charge admitted to concealing contraband on her. A plastic container with a crystal-like substance the deputy suspected to be methamphetamine was removed from her body, Davis alleged in arrest reports. The 40-year-old Fort Worth woman was taken into custody and transported to jail, and the substance was taken for further investigation.

The driver, identified in arrest reports as Tonya LaShawn Gilstrap, was arrested after the deputy also found an off-white rocklike substance he believed based on his law enforcement training and experience to be crack cocaine, the deputy alleged in arrest reports. The 51-year-old Fort Worth woman was taken into custody and transported to jail, along with the substance.

The substance Denison had on her field tested positive for meth and weighed 4.3 grams. As a result, Dennison was booked into Hopkins County jail at 4:40 a.m. June 15, 2022, for possession of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, the deputy alleged in arrest reports.

Rachel Erin Denison

The substance Gilstrap was accused of having field-tested positive for cocaine and weighed 1.4 grams, resulting in Gilstrap being charged with possession of a Penalty Group 1/1-B controlled substance.

Denison and Gilstrap were released from Hopkins County jail Friday, June 17, 2022. Bond was set at $10,000 each on the controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.

HCSO Sgt. Scott Davis and Deputy Frank Tiemann are credited with assisting with the traffic stop and arrests.


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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