Eight arrested so far in local warrants round-up

Drug arrests result of 6 months of investigation into narcotics activity

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 28, 2008 - A Sulphur Springs man became the eighth person in a series of arrests in a warrants round-up that began last Thursday and has concluded a number of narcotics investigations.

The round-up in search of 13 people wanted on drug charges was a mult-agency operation involving Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Special Crimes Unit investigators and officers from Sulphur Springs Police Department and Hopkins County Sheriff's Office. With the exception of one surety off bond case, all arrests were for delivery of controlled substance.

Special Crimes Unit officers obtained the warrants for the charges following 6 months of investigation into narcotics activities from October 2007 through March of this year.

Kenneth Wayne Kizer, 23, of Sulphur Springs was the latest target of the round-up. He was arrested on a delivery of a controlled substance warrant in the predawn hours Monday morning on East Industrial Drive by SSPD Officers Lonnie Taylor and Matt Glenn.

Those arrested Thursday included:

n Cambra Cowan Tolly, 32, of Sulphur Springs Springs, who was arrested on Nicholson Street by HCSO Investigator Jace Anglin and SSPD Officer Ronny Doss on two second-degree felony warrants for delivery of controlled substances. Tully was released Friday on $20,000 personal recognizance (PR) bonds on each charge.

n Thomas Hester Funderburk, 28, of Sulphur Springs, taken into custody by Anglin and Doss on Nicholson Street on a second-degree felony delivery of a controlled substance warrant. Funderburk was released Friday on a $20,000 PR bond.

n A Sulphur Springs man, 18, was arrested at Sulphur Springs High School by SCU Sgts. Tony Crouse and Brad Strawn on two third-degree felony warrants for delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone. He was released Friday on $10,000 PR bonds on each charge.

n Donald James Higginbotham, 63, of Saltillo, was arrested at his County Road 3528 residence on two state jail felony warrants for delivery of controlled substance. The offenses, according to the arrest report by HCSO Deputy Gary McLarry, are alleged to have occurred Feb. 28.

n Kristy Lyn Skeen, 20, of Sulphur Springs by HCSO Deputy Aaron Hanna in the sheriff's lobby on an unlawful with intent to simulate a controlled substance warrant. He was released on a $5,000 PR bond Friday.

n James Christian White, 29, of Sulphur Springs was taken into custoday at his CR 1103 residence by HCSO Sgt. Toney Hurley on a state jail felony warrant for delivery of a controlled substance. He was released Friday on a $5,000 PR bond

n Bryan Alan Reid, 41, of Winnsboro was arrested at 1:33 p.m. Thursday by HCSO Deputy Jason Poteet on a warrant for surety off bond on a possession of marijuana charge, the only one of those arrested not picked up on delivery of a controlle substance charges. He was picked up at Winnsboro police Department and transported to the Hopkins County jail, where he was released Saturday on $10,000 bond.

Two people named in the warrants -- Sherry Clayton and Shane Simpson -- were already in custody. Since the original offense date, both have been convicted of other felony offenses and are serving time in Texas Department of Criminal Justice, according to SCU Sgts. Harold McClure and Brad Strawn.

SCU investigators said officers will continue to watch for the individuals yet to be taken into custody on the controlled substance warrants, which have also been entered into crime information databases. The warrants will show up during a routine records check should other officers unaware of the charges come across the individuals.

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