Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Special Crimes Unit conducted a warrant round up Monday in Delta County for 11 people wanted in connection with street-level drug trafficking, as well as one case of child endangerment and one theft case over the last four months.
The investigation spanned from Cooper and Delta County to Sulphur Springs, where some of the controlled substances were purchased in undercover buys conducted by local authorities. Among the illegal substances involved were methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription narcotics.
“There were approximately 11 defendants, and all except one female defendant were arrested on outstanding active warrants yesterday,” SCU Lt. Harold McClure said Tuesday morning. “This round up or bust out is from the investigation and arrests we did earlier in the year, in May in Delta County. This blossomed from the one here in July and one in May in Delta County. This just proves that their crooks are our crooks and ours are theirs. Four Cooper people came from Cooper to Sulphur Springs, where we had an undercover purchase here in Sulphur Springs that was part of the investigation. All but one occurred in a drug-free zone within the city.”
“As promised, the Delta County Sheriff’s Office has focused upon drug-related offenses and particularly on those selling drugs. This effort yielded 11 drug-related defendants with 17 drug-related offenses,” Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith told the Cooper Review. “Illegal drugs continue to be a problem in Delta County. However, 11 suspects is significantly fewer that the 24 that were arrested in our early 2013 undercover drug sweep. Our message stands firm — if you mess with drugs in Delta County, be prepared to go to jail.”
Arrested in the drug round up on warrants were:
- Joyce L. Cooper — delivery of a controlled substance
- Daniel L. Phifer — three counts of delivery of a controlled substance
- Jermie W. Taylor — two delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone charges and one delivery of marijuana in a drug-free zone charge
- Robert N. Nez — delivery of a controlled substance
- Markus L. Reynolds — delivery of a controlled substance
- Randy D. Hargrave — theft of property (misdemeanor)
- Jacob S. Huie — delivery of marijuana in a drug-free zone
- Keaton W. Ferguson — delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone
- Ace Wm. Hurley — two delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone charges
- Wyzer R. Moore — two delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone charges
McClure said that SCU worked closely with Child Protective Services on the child endangerment case, which resulted in three small children being removed from their home Monday.
At least four of the people on Monday’s warrant list were transferred to Hopkins County jail on local drug or related charges.
The investigation into the street level drug trafficking in the two counties is ongoing, and more warrants are expected to be issued in relation to this latest investigation.
Delta County Constable Ben Snow, sheriff’s deputies and a game warden were involved in the round up.
“I want to thank the Special Crimes Unit, Sheriff Butch Adams, Chief Jim Bayuk and District Attorney Will Ramsey for their assistance in this effort,” Smith said to the Cooper Review. “By working together we have been able to address a serious illegal drug problem in both Delta County and Hopkins County.”
— Cindy Roller, Cooper Review editor, contributed to this story