|Woman accused of falsifying drug test results in exchange for narcotics|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Feb. 1, 2007 - Law enforcement shut down a local drug screening company Wednesday morning, when the owner was arrested for accepting drugs as payment for falsifying test results for people being tested — usually truck drivers.
Roeena Dae Willingham Jones, 43, of Sulphur Springs was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at her Church Street business — Alcohol, Drug and DNA Testing — on charges of possession of about 3.8 grams of the controlled substance methamphetamine and tampering with government documents, both felony offenses. The business was closed down and all records seized.
Jones spent the night in jail and was arraigned before Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup, who set bond at $10,000 per charge. She remained in the county jail at 10 a.m. Thursday.
The bust was the result of an ongoing joint investigation by Sulphur Springs Police Department Special Crimes Unit Lt. Ron Plaxco and Sgt. Harold McClure, Hopkins County Sheriff's SCU Sgt. Tony Crouse and HCSO Investigators Jace Anglin and Lewis Tatum.
"As far as we're concerned, this is a real big deal," Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams said.
The officers had received information that the owner of the Church Street business was falsifying truck driver's test results, showing them to be negative for prohibited substances. After further investigation into the claim, the officers learned the owner, Jones, was "taking dope" in exchange for a negative or passing test result, especially for truck drivers.
At 10:17 a.m. Wednesday, officers caught Jones at her business accepting methamphetamine as payment for a false "passing" test. The officers confronted Jones, who had methamphetamine in her possession.
The officers also worked with District Attorney Martin Braddy, who helped secure a search warrant. The team then went to the business and seized all of Jones' documents and records, and as a result, shut and locked down the business.
Thus far, they are unsure how many people, particularly truck drivers, benefited from the "false" tests, but officers "jumped on" the case due to the potential danger of people driving 80,000 pound rigs on the roads while under the influence of illegal substances.
SCU officers also contacted the federal government and TxDoT, and are still awaiting instructions from those agencies as to how they should proceed regarding the investigation, as well as what, if anything, needs to be done relative to previous test results, particularly any which are questionable or determined to have been falsified. SCU will continue to work with those authorities regarding the case.
"They all did a great job, and I thank investigators Tatum and Anglin for their help," SSPD Chief Jim Bayuk said Thursday morning. "As for the three SCU officers, the general public has no idea just how much work they do in narcotics enforcement. It's nonstop. I can't say enough for their work ethic. Their focus is making good, solid narcotics cases."
Sheriff Butch Adams added, "These three SCU officers are really energetic in getting information and the jump on trying to stop the flow of narcotics in our city and county."