Yantis man arrested on drug charges
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Sulphur Springs Police jailed a Yantis man Saturday night for trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine in the city.

Omar Almanza Martinez, 31, remained in Hopkins County jail Monday morning in lieu of $500,000 bond on the first-degree felony manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.

Martinez was stopped at 11:21 p.m. Saturday in the 600 block of South League Street by officers Chris Rosamond, Rogelio Reyes Jr. and Bo Buckland for failure to signal a turn and for a defective license plate light.

During the traffic stop, Martinez told police he had just left the Civic Center, where he was performing community service as a part of his probation for unlawfull carrying of a weapon, Rosamond noted in his report. That information, coupled with a tip of suspected narcotics trafficking by Martinez and the traffic violations, resulted in Rosamond asking to search the GMC Sierra. Martinez agreed.

Rosamond, assisted by Reyes, found a plastic can resembling a shoe polish container, in a hidden compartment in the center console. The can contained 12 plastic bags with spade symbols containing a crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine as well as nine bags containing red hearts with “love” written on the outside. The nine bags contained a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine.

Martinez was arrested by Buckland, who took an illegal switchblade knife away from the man. The knife was also confiscated then destroyed, according to police reports.

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