|Deputies seize $10,466 in cash
Early morning traffic stop yields two arrests, suspected drug money
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
June 10, 2005 - Hopkins County Sheriff’s officers seized $10,466 in currency and arrested an Arkansas man and woman on misdemeanor drug-related charges following an early morning traffic stop Wednesday.
Sgt. Todd Evans stopped a vehicle occupied by four Arkansas residents at 5:24 a.m. Wednesday on East Shannon Road just off Loop 301 after observing it almost strike another car as it was nearing the intersection of Jefferson Street and East Loop 301.
Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Kim Simpson and officer Mitch Griggs responded to Evans radio call for a “cover unit.” As the driver, a 26-year-old Jacksonville, Ark., man stepped out of the vehicle to speak with officers, Evans noticed a pill bottle fall from his pocket. The bottle contained medication not prescribed for him, resulting in a charge for possession of dangerous drugs.
Officers were given permission to search the vehicle, finding a straw with controlled substance residue, a set of digital scales and small bags similar to those known to be used for packaging of controlled substances. One passenger, a 19-year-old Cabot, Ark., woman admitted to possession of part of the items, resulting in her arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver, who was also found in possession of another bottle containing an unspecified dangerous drug, was also charged with possession of the drug paraphernalia.
At one point Cpl. Eddie Moon was contacted to bring his canine, Jack, to the scene to conduct a search around the vehicle. Jack gave a positive alert on the front seat, where the officers recovered $10,466 from a backpack on the floor. The cash was seized, the pair arrested, and the vehicle released to the two other passengers, who were not charged.
Sheriff’s officials were still investigating the incident, as the money was suspected to be for the purchase of illegal substances in the Dallas area.