Drug interdiction officer seizes 40 lbs. of marijuana after I-30 traffic stop Sat.

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

A Sulphur Springs drug interdiction officer arrested a San Anontio man on a felony charge after finding eight bundles of marijuana in his car.

Photo Courtesy of SSPD

Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Jason Ricketson found 40 pounds of marijuana in a rental car after making a traffic stop about 2:15 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 30. The driver of the car was one of five people arrested on drug charges over the weekend by Sulphur Springs police.

Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Jason Ricketson was credited with the Saturday traffic stop and subsequent arrest and seizure. Ricketson stopped a maroon Pontiac Vibe rental car at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at the 135 mile marker on Interstate 30 east after observing it speeding. The driver was identified as Rene Medina Jr., 22, of San Antonio.

While talking with Medina, Ricketson became suspicious of illegal activity. First to arouse the officer’s suspicion was Medina’s account of his travel plans. The San Antonio man told Ricketson he was traveling to Memphis, where he would visit his girlfriend three to four days. However, a check of the rental agreement showed the car to be due back in San Antonio in two days. According to Ricketson, Medina also lied to Ricketson about his past criminal history and was notably nervous.

At that point, Ricketson asked and was given permission to search the car. He located eight bundles, tightly packaged in plastic wrap, behind the panels in the spare tire compartment of the car. The bundles were determined to contain a total of 40 pounds of marijuana, resulting in Medina’s arrest at  2:25 p.m. Saturday for possession of more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds of marijuana, a third-degree felony offense.

Medina was released from the county jail Sunday after posting $40,000 bond.

Ricketson wasn't the only city officer to make a drug arrest Saturday. Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. William Mayeux and Patrol Officer Matt Glenn  also arrested three people on drug-related charges.

The officers were on West Beckham Street around 9:40 p.m. investigating a report of suspected illegal drug use at a residence. The resident, a 21-year-old Sulphur Springs man, agreed to let the officers enter the residence. He was arrested after marijuana was found in the house. A 20-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was went to jail for misdemeanor possession of marijuana after it was determined the cigarette she was holding contained marijuana. And Melissa Rashaun Johnson, 23, of Sulphur Springs was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in a drug free-zone after she was found to have 5.4 grams of cocaine in her possession. Johnson was released from jail Sunday after posting $25,000 bond on charge.

� A report at 12:09 a.m. Monday of someone in the attic of a Hodge Street residence also led to two arrests by city officers, including one for drugs. A records check on a 19-year-old Sulphur Springs man found in a truck in the yard showed him to be wanted for driving without a valid license. When the 31-year-old resident stepped out to talk to officers, officers noted him to reach into his jacket pocket. A quick check of the jacket revealed a sharp object which turned out to be an open knife. He was placed into custody. When a full pat-down turned up a prescription bottle with what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine, Jeremy Lynn Sharp was arrested� for possession of a controlled substance.

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