Three charged after trooper finds large cache of meth

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Mar. 30, 2007 - Two traffic stops Thursday resulted in four people going to jail on felony drug charges after methamphetamine and marijuana were found during each incident.

Credit for the largest bust and three resulting felony arrests Thursday goes to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper David Reynolds, who recovered more than 400 grams of ice methamphetamine and usable amounts of ecstasy and marijuana from a Texarkana area trio.

Arrested were Jason Ronique Martin, 29, of Nash; Dionne Raschelle Edwards, 30, of Wake Village; and  Karin Devon Bolton, 27, of Texarkana at 11:57 p.m. for possession of more than 400 grams of methamphetamine.

Bolton, who was also charged with possession of marijuana, was also wanted in Cass County for driving with a suspended license and bail jumping, and in Bell County on a warrant related to violation of probation.

´┐ŻEdwards was also charged with possession of Ecstasy.

Reynolds stopped a black Dodge Charger around 11:30 p.m. at the 130 mile marker on Interstate 30 east for speeding. Martin was identified as the driver, Edwards the front seat passenger and Bolton the back seat passenger.

In arrest reports, Reynolds noted that Martin, the driver, appeared unusually nervous, and an odor of alcohol was detected on his breath.

During the course of the stop, Reynolds recovered contraband thrown on the ground beside the car. Edwards admitted to throwing the Ecstasy out. Reynolds asked and was given Martin’s consent to search the car. The trooper found a small amount of marijuana in Bolton’s purse. A continued search turned up a large quantityof “ice” meth in the engine compartment of the car.

At that point, all three were arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

All three were being held early Friday morning at the county jail in lieu of $50,000 bond each on the meth charge.

Sulphur Springs Police Patrol Officer Pat Leber and Hopkins County Sheriff's Cpl. Daniel Winn teamed up for the other arrest.

The pair arrested Tony Colt Hatfield, 23, of Blossom at 4:47 p.m. on Loop 301 and Industrial Drive for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Leber was dispatched to the area of State Highway 19 north to investigate a suspected intoxicated driver traveling in the area. Leber saw a a Dodge 3500 pickup fitting the suspect vehicle description turn off SH 19 to Loop 301. Leber observed the truck to cross the center and white line stripes three times, and stopped the truck. Cpl. Winn arrived to assist.

While Leber was talking to Hatfield, Winn detected a strong odor of burned marijuana inside the truck. While Leber checked the vehicle, Winn patted Hatfield down for weapons. A bag of marijuana was found in Hatfield's pocket. He was arrested, and the vehicle searched.

A bag of methamphetamine, rolling papers and a glass pipe were found in a leather bag in the console. Hatfield claimed the substances, and the vehicle released to a passenger. Hatfield was also issued a citation for possessing drug paraphernalia.

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