Police interdiction officers seized at least $75,000 worth of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana destined for Texarkana following an interstate traffic stop Thursday night. A Dallas woman was arrested on a felony drug charge. The incident began Thursday when Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Jason Ricketson, one of two SSPD interdiction officers who routinely patrol the interstate in Hopkins County, observed the driver of a black Chevrolet Impala with a temporary license plate commit a traffic violation. Ricketson stopped the car at the 134 mile marker on Interstate 30 east at 8:49 p.m. Thursday.
Upon contact, the driver was identified as 18-year-old Jasmine Janae McGill of Dallas. She was discovered to not have a valid driver’s license. While talking with the woman, Ricketson detected a strong marijuana odor in the car. When he asked McGill about the odor, she said her boyfriend had smoked in the car.
“And, she gave me one of the worst stories for her travels to Texarkana,” Ricketson noted.
Suspicious, Ricketson initiated a probable cause search of the car for illegal substances. The 2 pounds of meth were found behind the rear passenger seat and a small amount of marijuana was found in the trunk of the car.
Consequently, McGill was taken into custody, the vehicle was impounded and the illegal narcotics seized as evidence. Sulphur Springs Police Patrol Officer Jason Ames transported McGill to the county jail, where she was booked for possession of more than 400 grams of a controlled substance. McGill remained in the county jail at 11:15 a.m. Friday in lieu of $100,000 bond on the felony charge.
Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Buddy Williams was also noted to have also assisted with the case.
“The interdiction guys did a heck of a job on this stop,” said Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Special Crimes Unit Sgt. Harold McClure, who noted that meth ice would have a street value of $75,000 to $80,000 in Texarkana, the believed destination for the illegal substance.
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