Crime unit makes second drug bust
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

April 14, 2006 -- A 20-year-old Sulphur Springs man is facing felony charges of possession of a large quantity of crack cocaine and escape from a penal institution after Special Crimes Unit investigators and Special Response Team officers served a search warrant early Thursday afternoon.

The search warrant was executed at the apartment of Steven Deshaun Sneed in the 500 block of Cranford Street and resulted in the discovery of a quantity of crack cocaine in the residence.

Special Crimes Unit Lt. Ron Plaxco and Sgt. Harold McClure said the arrest was the result of a two-week investigation.

Lt. Plaxco said a large quantity of a substance that field-tested positive as crack cocaine was confiscated at the time of the arrest.

Additional charges were filed after Sneed was able to break free from the officers when he was transported to the Hopkins County Jail.

"As he was being unloaded from a vehicle and escorted into the jail, he attempted to escape," Lt. Plaxco said. "He was quickly taken back into custody."

McClure said that the Special Response Team was called in as a precaution, although no weapons were found in the residence.

"There was no indication [Sneed] had weapons when we went to the house," McClure said. "However, it is street talk that he runs with a local street gang, Bar None, and likes to flee, and at other search warrant scenes has tried to incite riots."

McClure said the use of the Special Response team will be standard procedure when SCU officers execute a search warrant.

"We are going to use the SRT team every time," he said. "We will work hand-in-hand on these narcotic warrants."

Sgt. McClure said Sneed is now facing charges of escape from a penal institution along with charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Sneed was arraigned Friday morning and bond was set at $25,000 on the charge of possession of a controlled substance and $15,000 on the escape charge.

Plaxco said Sneed was out on bond on a felony drug-related charge when he was arrested Thursday.

SCU officers said this latest arrest is part of an ongoing investigation by the newly formed drug interdiction task force.

The Thursday arrest marks the second significant drug interdiction effort by the newly-formed Special Crimes Unit. Plaxco said the unit is aggressively investigation illegal drug activities in the county and that more arrests are expected in the near future.

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