Multiple drug arrests logged in county over the weekend

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 25, 2007 - A lot of routine police work led to a number of felony drug arrests in Hopkins County over the weekend.

State, county and municipal officers combined to make six arrests ranging from felony possession of small amounts of methamphetamine to larger amounts of marijuana and cocaine.

Lakita Antoinette Cato-Car, 30, of Arlington and Willie James Johnson, 24, of Little Rock, were both charged with possession of 200 to 400 grams of cocaine after a traffic stop about 11 p.m. Sunday. Cato-Car was identified by her Arizona license after the 2003 Ford Mustang with Texas plates she was driving was pulled over while on her way to Arkansas. She said she was visiting a sick relative, but also told a state trooper she hadn't brought any luggage for the four-day stay. She also said she was giving Johnson, a friend, a ride to Arkansas as a favor. Their stories conflicted, according to reports, leading to a search. Some cocaine was found in Cato-Car's wallet, and two bundles of cocaine wrapped in electrical tape were located in the rear deck of the Mustang. Johnson was also charged with failure to identify after giving the officer an ID card with another man's name. They both remained in the county jail Monday morning.

Amy Michelle Brazil, 31, of Little Rock, Ark., was arrested at 1:15 a.m. Sunday on the south service road of Interstate 30 near College Street. She and another person were in a 1995 Oldsmobile stopped for a traffic violation. Brazil was taken into custody by a sheriff's deputy and, according to reports, secured in the patrol car, while the driver fled on foot. The arresting deputy gave chase but was unable to catch the fleeing suspect. When he got back to the original scene, Brazil had made her way out of his patrol vehicle and was sitting in the driver's seat of the Oldsmobile. She was again taken into custody and put back into the patrol unit, where a clear plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine was found in the rear seat where Brazil had been sitting. She was charged with possession of  a controlled substance, escape and failure to identify. She remained in the county jail this morning in lieu of bonds totaling $16,000.

Scott Bradley Johnson, 29, of Bogata, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Saturday by state troopers for possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony. Johnson was driving a 2007 Peterbilt hauling livestock that was stopped for a routine inspection. State Trooper Bruce Roberts wrote in his report that he suspected the driver might be under the influence of drugs. The driver refused to let Roberts and Trooper George Harris search his truck at first, but later told the troopers his hiding place in the cab. The officers found about 3 grams of methamphetamine and other paraphernalia. He remained in the county jail Monday morning.

Kristen Michelle Ray, 18, of New Boston was arrested for possession of about 1 pound of marijuana. She was stopped on I-30 about 8 miles east of Sulphur Springs for following another vehicle too closely. DPS officers noted in their report the 2000 Infiniti she was driving smelled strongly of marijuana. A subsequent search located a large bag of marijuana under the spare tire in the trunk. She was released from jail after posting $5,000 bond.

Antonio Reyes Dominguez, 32, of Sulphur Springs was arrested at 10:05 p.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of Main Street. A Sulphur Springs police officer answered a complaint of someone "burning rubber" and playing loud music in a parking lot. The officer found Dominguez at the location and asked for identification. When he pulled his ID card from his pocket, a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine fell to the ground. He was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. He remained in the county jail Monday morning.

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