|State troopers make felony arrests, seize cash and cocaine in separate incidents|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Sept. 10, 2006 -- State troopers were kept busy overnight with separate stops netting three felony arrests, more than a kilogram of cocaine, $13,455 in suspected drug money and a small amount of marijuana.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Cary Barnett made the first drug arrest after he stopped a red Jeep at 7:35 p.m. on Interstate 30 for driving 83 miles per hour in a 70 mph speed zone.
Barnett obtained permission from the driver, 31-year-old Michael Shaun Bishop of Texarkana, to search the vehicle and found what was reported to be a "rolling drug lab."
Bishop, also known as Nathan Scott Bishop, was arrested for possession and transport with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, a second-degree felony. Bishop was also cited for the speeding violation and failure to provide proof of liability insurance.
The second arrest resulted from a traffic stop by DPS Trooper Brian Worley on Interstate 30 just after 1 a.m. this morning. He pulled over a white Jeep with Kentucky license plates for following too close to other vehicles.
The driver, 19-year-old Jose Ismael Galan of Irving, was noted in reports to be unusually nervous and gave the trooper conflicting information regarding his travel itinerary, which aroused the trooper’s suspicions. Worley asked and was given permission to search the Jeep and found a large amount of U.S. currency in the Jeep’s air vent, as well as marijuana residue.
The money tallied up to $13,455. When a drug dog was brought to the location and alerted on the contraband, Galan was charged with money laundering.
The third arrest, of a 46-year-old Cleveland, Ohio, man, was made by Trooper David Reynolds following a traffic stop of a black Cadillac DeVille at the 129 mile marker on Interstate 30 east at 3:25 a.m. for driving six miles over the posted speed limit.
Reynolds noted in reports that Lazaro Delgado had “pieces of what appeared to be marijuana stuck on his shirt.” The trooper’s suspicions were heightened after Delgado lied about his criminal history, giving Reynolds probable cause to search the 2006 model car.
Reynolds, assisted by trooper Brian Worley, found what appeared to be marijuana in the ashtray, and a small bag of suspected marijuana in the trunk behind the trunk liner. Worley also found a tape-wrapped bundle of what appeared to be cocaine behind the trunk liner.
Delgado claimed full responsibility for the alleged cocaine and was arrested on a first-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
A fourth incident Friday resulted in a 31-year-old Ashdown, Ark., woman being arrested for failure to identify as a fugitive from justice, as well as Hopkins County warrants for bad checks and public intoxication.
She was stopped by Trooper Joe Hogue at 3:10 p.m. on Interstate 30 for a traffic violation. She told the trooper she had lost her identification but gave the trooper a name and date of birth. Hogue, however, could see her purse laying in the passenger’s side floorboard. A driver’s license identifying her by another name and date of birth were found inside.
That's when the officer learned the woman was wanted on two issuance of a bad check warrants, one theft by check warrant and one public intoxication warrant, all issued in Hopkins County.
When asked, the woman told the trooper she lied about her identity because she knew of the Hopkins County warrants for her arrest.