|Special Crime Unit makes drug arrest, pledges crackdown on dealers|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
April 12, 2006 -- A 21-year-old Sulphur Springs man was taken in custody at his residence after he tried to escape from officers attempting to serve him with two felony warrants for delivery of a controlled substance, according to reports.
Bobby Lynn "Jr." Woodard was also charged with possession of 13.5 grams of methamphetamine and violation of parole after he allegedly tried to discard drug paraphernalia and bags of methamphetamine while running through the Cottonwood Street residence.
According to Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Special Crime Unit Sgt. Harold McClure, the warrants were obtained for Woodard's arrest following a lengthy investigation by authorities.
As McClure and Sulphur Springs Police Patrol Office Mike Morgan contacted Woodard at the residence to serve the warrant, Woodard ran back into the house. Several small plastic bags and two sandwich bags containing methamphetamine were found in the kitchen, where police allege he tossed them after removing them from his pocket during his flight. The officers quickly apprehended Woodard, however, and he was taken into custody.
Woodard's parole officer was contacted after the man was booked into jail. The officer told special crimes unit investigators unit that a warrant would be issued for the parole violation.
According to jail records, Woodard was charged with the parole violation Wednesday morning.
According to Special Crimes Unit Lt. Ron Plaxco, the arrest marks only one of what their department and the district attorney's office hope will be a more aggressive attack on the local war against drugs, particularly methamphetamines, cocaine and pharmacological drugs.
"Methamphetamine use is at an epidemic stage," Plaxco said Wednesday. "It's becoming more prevalent among young people, as more kids ages 14, 15, 16 are using them. It's a very addictive drug."
Plaxco said the SCU will be working more closely with the district attorney's office on the cases. DA Martin Braddy indicated to Plaxco that he would seek prison time for all drug dealers arrested in Hopkins County, the SCU investigator said.
The department will also be working closely with Hopkins County sheriff's investigators on investigations into drug activity which occur in both the city and county. The narcotics unit is assigned strictly to cases and investigations in Hopkins County, rather than in multiple counties, as was the case when the narcotics office operated as part of the now-defunct multiple jurisdiction drug task force.
"If people are arrested in this city or county for selling drugs, they will go to penitentiary,” Plaxco said. “In the past, it has often been the case that people were given probation if they got caught selling drugs. We are working closely with District Attorney Martin Braddy's office. He said he will work to get them sent to the pen."