Buy-bust nets three arrests and half-pound of methamphetamine
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
July 5, 2007 - Two men and a woman were taken into custody following a buy-bust which netted about half a pound of methamphetamine "ice" shortly before noon Tuesday.
The incident resulted from an ongoing investigation, with the operation concluding around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in Cumby.
The bust was the result of a joint effort of Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Special Crimes Unit Lt. Ron Plaxco, Sgt. Harold McClure and Sgt. Tony Crouse, along with Sulphur Springs Police and Hopkins County Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Divisions, Cumby police and Hopkins County sheriff's patrol officers.
The officers instigated a "buy" from the two men and one woman in Cumby. The trio arrived on Frisco Street at the north service road in two vehicles, 20-year-old Brittani Nicole Howell of Dallas and 28-year-old Kyant Bernard Mack of Balch Springs in a Chevrolet car and 28-year-old George Leslie Sanders Jr. of Greenville in a GMC sport utility vehicle. Approximately 1/2-pound of suspected methamphetamine ice involved in the buy-bust was found in the console of the SUV.
The officers field tested the substance with positive results for methamphetamine. All three were taken into custody for having the substance, which was said to have been on its way from Dallas to Sulphur Springs.
"All the officers in all the agencies worked together to reach this successful conclusion," Plaxco said. "This would have had an extremely big impact if it had reached Sulphur Springs and gotten out on the streets. If it had made it out there it would have been cut up and packaged for sale to numerous individuals on the street."
Overall, the 228 grams would net an estimated street value of at least $22,400, but likely more if it was broken down further into smaller increments to be packaged and sold.
All three were arraigned Wednesday morning on the first-degree felony possession of more than 200 grams of methamphetamine charge. Bond was set at $100,000 each. Mack and Sanders were released later Wednesday after Fast Bail Bonds secured their bond. Howell remained in the county jail Thursday morning, according to jail reports.