|Crash leads cops to drug bust|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Jan. 27, 2006 -- A crashed vehicle led authorities to the arrest of a Sulphur Springs man on felony drug charges early Thursday morning.
Robert James DeLima, 21, remained in the county jail Friday morning in lieu of $50,000 bond on a felony charge of possession of more than 4 but less than 400 grams of the controlled substance Hydrocodone with the intent to deliver.
At about 4:30 a.m. Thursday, sheriff's officers responded on FM 499 at County Road 1199 in Brashear to a report of a motor vehicle accident. Cpl. Eddie Moon found the vehicle, which had run off the road and crashed in the ditch, but the driver could not be located.
Acting on prior information regarding the suspected driver, deputies went to a nearby location the man was known to frequent. From the porch of the house, deputies could see DeLima sleeping in the front room. A bag of what appeared to be marijuana was spotted beside him as well, according to Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigator Jace Anglin.
Deputies were able to get DeLima to come to the door. Deputies then conducted a search of the residence. A bag containing 96 Hydrocodone pills, or 43.1 grams of the substance, was found under the couch near where DeLima had been sleeping.
Deputies Tanner Crump and Charlie Walker arrested DeLima on the possession with intent to deliver charge when he could not produce a valid prescription for the medication.
Authorities say Hydrocodone can be sold illegally on the street for up to $5 per pill, putting the overall value of the controlled substance at just under $500.