A parolee and his passenger were stopped by a sheriff's deputy Saturday and arrested on drug charges after the deputy learned the pickup was en route from McCulloch County with methamphetamine, sheriff's officials said.
Sheriff's Sgt. John Fincher arrested Jimmy Walls, 37, of Bangs, and Stephanie Baker, 29, of Blanket, on charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, Brown County Jail records state.
According to Fincher's report:
Fincher received information from investigator James Stroope that the Dodge pickup was traveling from McCulloch County. Fincher stopped the pickup on U.S. Highway 377 South for traveling 80 mph in a 75 mph zone. The driver consented to a search of the vehicle, and the passenger consented to a search of her purse.
In addition to finding methamphetamine and pills, Fincher found items consistent with the packaging and distribution of narcotics. Fincher also fund a grinder with marijuana residue.
The driver had recently been paroled for narcotics, Fincher's report states.
In unrelated incidents involving the sheriff's office:
• Deputy Robert Ramirez was dispatched Friday to County Road 334 on a report of a civil dispute that escalated to a physical confrontation. A woman said another woman pointed a gun at her, threatened to shoot her and grabbed her phone as she spoke with a dispatcher.
Ramirez arrested Sue Slaughter, 54, of Blanket, on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and interfering with emergency call.
• Deputy Brandon Arnold was dispatched Saturday to FM 2125 on a report of an intoxicated person. Arnold located a male who was slumped over in the front seat of a car. Arnold arrested Billy Christensen Sr., 52, of Brownwood, on a public intoxication charge.
• Arnold was dispatched Saturday to County Road 151 on an animal cruelty report. Arnold saw six horses which seemed extremely malnourished. Arnold photographed the horses and tried unsuccessfully to locate the owner.
• Deputy Terry Sliter made a traffic stop Sunday on motorist who ran a stop sign. The driver was nervous and denied consent to search. Sliter called for a K-9 unit, and the dog alerted on the vehicle. Sliter located 45 pills and arrested Vincente Arellano, 49, of Brownwood, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.