5 arrests, cocaine and foot chase result from Saturday night stops
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 29, 2007 -Two separate traffic stops overnight Saturday resulted in five drug-related arrests and a foot pursuit, according to sheriff’s reports.

The first stop, which netted three felony arrests and seizure of 132 grams of cocaine, was made by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brian Worley on Interstate 30 at 10:09 p.m. Saturday.

Worley stopped a tan Buick occupied by three people after noting it to be speeding down I-30 at 77 miles per hour in a 65 mph speed zone. As the vehicle came to a stop, a black bag flew out the passenger side, landing on the ground. As the trooper approached he retrieved the bag, finding what appeared to be a white rock-like substance believed to be cocaine.

Worley took all 3 occupants — Rachel Lashun Anderson, 32, Kendrick Craddick, 30, and Leo Strong Jr., 34, all of Mount Pleasant — in custody for possession of the controlled substance cocaine. Anderson was also charged with possession of  drug paraphernalia. The bulk of cocaine was determined to weigh 132 grams, according to Worley’s report.

Craddick was released from jail on Sunday after posting $25,000 bond on the second-degree felony cocaine charge. Anderson and Strong as of Monday morning remained in jail in lieu of bond, according to jail reports.

The second incident started at about 12:20 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 30 east at the 112 mile marker, where Cumby Police Officer Charlie Walker initiated a traffic stop on a black Saturn L300 for a traffic violation.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Cpl. Eddie Moon advised he would be arriving soon behind Walker to provide backup. 

As Walker approached the vehicle, he noted what he believed to be drug paraphernalia inside of it. The driver was identified as a 19-year-old Fordyce, Ark., woman; one passenger as a 23-year-old Camden, Ark., man; and the third occupant as an Arkansas man, according to CPD reports.

When the officer went to conduct a probable cause search of the car, the third person fled the scene on foot, Walker noted in his report. He alerted other officers of the situation and requested assistance.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Fenimore arrived to help search the area and Cpl. Eddie Moon brought in canine Jack to assist in tracking the man, described as a black male, estimated to be about 5 feet 10 inches tall, who was wearing a black hoody, dark blue jeans and blue and white tennis shoes. The canine attempted to track him from the last known sighting just east of the location near the railroad tracks, with no success, according to sheriff’s notes.

Meanwhile, officers continued the vehicle search, locating “a large sum of U.S. currency” and additional drug paraphernalia in the car. The female driver and male passenger still at the location were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at 1:10 a.m., according to Walker’s report.

Officials continuing the search for the other Arkansas man who fled until about 1:25 a.m. Sunday, before calling it off. The man had yet to be located as of Monday morning, according to sheriff’s reports.

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