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Troopers sieze crack cocaine, Xanax in Saturday morning traffic stop

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Troopers arrested a couple in a U-Haul trailer after finding 60 pounds of marijuana in the U-Haul and nearly 50 grams of crack cocaine and Xanax pills in the driver’s shoe.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Joseph Hogue stopped the U-Haul around 8:45 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 30 for a traffic violation. The driver, who identified himself as being from Waldo, Ark., was unable to show any identification when asked by troopers for the photo document.

The driver, 29, was noted in the trooper’s report to be very nervous. When talking with the trooper, he and the passenger gave conflicting statements regarding their travel itinerary. The Arkansas man’s driver’s license was found to be suspended.

The driver told the trooper he and his wife were moving from the Dallas area to Texarkana, hence the U-Haul. The trooper become suspicious when the Arkansas man said the truck had been rented not by him but by a friend, whose name he was unable to tell the trooper.

The other passenger, a woman, told the trooper that they were traveling to Texarkana to see a sick relative. She also said they had their clothes but no furniture in the truck, which further lead the trooper to believe criminal activity might be afoot.

When the pair refused to allow Hogue to search the truck, he called Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Cleve Williams to bring his canine partner for a sniff search around the perimeter of the vehicle for contraband. Atos alerted on the cargo area of the truck, giving officers probable cause to search it. They found 60 pounds of marijuana.

The vehicle occupants were charged with possession of 50-2,000 pounds of marijuana. The driver was also charged with possession of 28-200 grams of a controlled substance and possession of less than 28 grams of a controlled substance after finding 47 grams of crack cocaine and 17 grams of Xanax pills were found in his sock.

In a separate incident Saturday night, a suspicious vehicle report resulted in a Franklin, La., man and two Sulphur Springs men being arrested by deputies for possession of a controlled substance.

Deputies Walt Kimmel and Michael Wood checking out the vehicle reported as suspicious around 11:45 p.m. Saturday at the FM 2285 boat ramp, found the trio. The men were identified. The deputies were granted permission to search the vehicle.

A glass pipe containing suspected crystal methamphamine was found in the floor behind the passenger’s seat. Deputies utilized a field test kit used to determine whether articles are controlled substances. The substance field tested positive as being methamphemine. Consequently, the trio was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

About an hour later, deputies were called back to the boat ramp. One of the city’s interdiction officers saw a man walking around a vehicle at the boat ramp and reported it.

Upon arrival, they found a Dallas man, 31, who was reported to have been intoxicated to the point he had urinated on himself. He also exhibited other classic indictors of intoxication, including slurred speech. Deputies arrested the Dallas man at 12:54 a.m. Sunday for public intoxication.




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