The Wise County Sheriff’s Office has made numerous arrests for drug offenses – and recovered stolen vehicles and guns – as part of a multi-county special operation conducted last week.
Chief Deputy Kevin Benton said the Sheriff’s Office participates in a program called the Texoma High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), which periodically holds “surges.” Wise joined Tarrant, Denton and Cooke counties in such a surge Aug. 13-15.
On Wednesday, Aug. 13, a traffic stop in the area of the roadside park between Alvord and Decatur resulted in the discovery of numerous illegal items including 3.33 ounces of marijuana, LSD, butane hash oil (derived from marijuana) and brass knuckles as well as a rifle and more than $800 in cash.
Alexander Dinsmore, 18, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1A, less than 20 abuse units, and possession of marijuana, 2-4 ounces.
James Bass-Roberts, 19, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 2, less than 1 gram and possession of marijuana, less than 2 ounces. Christopher Allen Lopez, 18, was arrested for prohibited weapon. All three are from Dallas.
The next day, Aug. 14, Joseph Dwayne Sparks, 31, of Rhome was arrested following a traffic stop at U.S. 81/287 and Farm Road 407 near Rhome. He was charged with possession of marijuana, 4 ounces to 5 pounds, after 4.03 ounces of the drug was discovered.
On Aug. 15, a traffic stop at U.S. 81/287 and County Road 1280 in the Alvord area led to the arrest of Jamie Kristin Mack, 27, of Chico. She was charged with driving while license invalid with previous conviction. Drug paraphernalia was also located in her vehicle.
The surge also resulted in the recovery of a vehicle stolen from Arlington, two stolen motorcycles (one from Monroe, La. and one from Jacksboro) and three stolen firearms from a convicted felon. Because arrests have not yet been made on those individuals, no further information was available.
The three-day operation consisted of a combined effort of the Criminal Investigation Division, Specialized Enforcement Division headed up by Lt. Chuck Gomez, K-9 Deputy J.T. Manoushagian and Sgt. Cavin Riggs of the Traffic Division.