Traffic stops lead to drug busts
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 13, 2006 - Police took an Arlington man and woman to jail late Sunday after finding 30 pounds of marijuana in their rental car.

Apollo Gomez, 22, and Carrie Lynn Butterfield, 27, remained in the county jail midmorning Monday on the third-degree felony possession of marijuana charge.

Sulphur Springs Police Department Lt. Buddy Williams stopped the pair just before 10 p.m. Sunday at the 129 mile marker on Interstate 30 after seeing the driver of the Kia Spectra commit a traffic violation.

Williams noted the pair to be excessively nervous. When asked about their travel plans, the pair indicated they had just left Arlington and were on their way north to Michigan, via I-30. Suspecting something was amiss, Williams asked and was given permission to search the Spectra.

When he checked the trunk, the police officer found two duffel bags and a backpack filled with plastic bags of a green leafy substance.

If convicted, each could face 2-10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Williams wasn't the only local officer to make marijuana arrests over the weekend.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputies Daniel Winn and Tanner Crump arrested David William Bethany, 47, of Fort Worth just after 5:10 p.m. Saturday for possession of marijuana after finding four bags of marijuana in a duffel bag in the trunk of his vehicle. The passenger, a 46-year-old Fort Worth man, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a marijuana pipe was found in his pocket.

The pair were in a vehicle stopped at the 120 mile marker on Interstate 30 east for a traffic violation. While officers were conducting a search of the vehicle, Bethany jumped in the driver's seat and attempted to drive off. After a struggle, officers gained control and put both men in custody. A continued search turned up several hydrocodone pills and four large sandwich bags with 4 pounds of marijuana in the trunk.

Bethany has been released from the county jail after posting $5,000 bond. The passenger was released after posting $500 bond Sunday.

Deputy Paul Fenimore and reserve deputy David Ray also made a drug-related arrest after attempting to stop a pickup at 11:50 Sunday night on State Highway 11 east at FM 3019 for a defective tail light.

A pursuit ensued when the man failed to yield to the patrol truck's flashing lights and sirens. Hopkins County and Wood County officers chased  him to SH 11 east at FM 852 in Wood County. The driver pulled into a business parking lot and was arrested for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. A small bag of marijuana was also found concealed in a pouch in his hat, resulting in a misdemeanor marijuana charge. He remained in the county jail midmorning Monday.

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