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Quinlan Woman, Commerce Man Jailed On Possession Charges

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A Quinlan woman and a Commerce were jailed on possession charges overnight Thursday, according to arrest reports.

FM 499/FM 275 Traffic Stop

Thomas Christopher McCarty
(HCSO jail photo)

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tanner Steward reported stopping the driver of a Ford F150 pickup who failed to stop at the designated stopping point at the intersection of FM 499 and FM 275 at 9:08 p.m. July 28, 2022. While talking to Steward, the 62-year-old Commerce man driving allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol. Steward had Thomas Christopher McCarty step out of the truck for further investigation, the deputy noted in arrest reports..

When asked if he had anything illegal in the pickup, McCarty allegedly claimed no, but did admit to having an open container in the truck. As he approached the passenger side of the car, Steward reported seeing an open can of beer in the floorboard. He advised that gave him probable cause to search the truck. McCarty then admitted to having meth inside the vehicle, Steward alleged in arrest reports.

Steward reported finding a small amount of drug paraphernalia and a clear glass pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke methamphetamine. Steward then advised McCarty of his rights as HCSO Deputy Isaac Foley and Cumby Police Officer Justin Talley arrived to offer assistance. Further searching revealed a bag containing a crystal-like substance Steward in arrest reports stated he believed to be methamphetamine. McCarty was taken into custody and transported to jail.

The crystal-like substance field-tested positive for meth and weighed 0.935 grams, resulting in McCarty being booked into Hopkins County jail at 12:09 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2022, on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1/1-B controlled substance, according to arrest reports.

The 62-year-old Commerce man was released from Hopkins County jail later Friday, July 29, 2022, on a $5,000 bond on the felony controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.

SH 19 south/CR 1165 Traffic Stop

A HCSO deputy also reported stopping the driver of a Ford Focus at 12:33 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2022, on State Highway 19 south at County Road 1165 because the license plate could not be read at a distance of 50 feet,

While talking to her, he noted the driver failed to maintain eye contact with him and was also deceptive about her criminal history. She did, however, give the deputy permission to search her vehicle, the deputy alleged in arrest reports. He reported finding in a clear container a crystal-like substance he believed was methamphetamine. When field-tested it did come back positive for meth, according to arrest reports.

The 47-year-old Quinlan woman was taken into custody at 1:02 a.m. July 29, 2022, on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge; the vehicle was impounded. She was jailed at 2:12 a.m. Friday, then released from Hopkins County jail later in the day on the Class C misdemeanor charge, according to jail records.


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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.


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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