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By Phillip Williams

The Special Investigations Unit of the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office arrested 14 persons on a variety of charges in July, said Sheriff Larry Webb.

Details, based on a report from sheriff’s Lt. Gary Shirley, were as follows and all suspects were taken to the Upshur County Jail in Gilmer, the sheriff said:

In a case detailed in this newspaper recently, two Gilmerites were arrested on multiple drug charges July 1 when the unit stopped their vehicle on U.S. 271 between West Mountain and Gladewater. They were Johnathan William Charles Darden, 31, and Karla Sanchez Castaneda, 28.

In another case, Steven Glenn Lay, 29, of Overton, was arrested during a July 9 traffic stop on an outstanding Gregg County warrant charging him with burglary of a building.

The unit was investigating suspicious activity at the since-closed Lucky 7 game room on U.S. 271 in the West Mountain area when Lay was stopped at the intersection of FM 1844 and North Point Pleasant Road.

After receiving information July 9 about a woman who had an outstanding Gregg County warrant on a felony theft charge, the unit arrrested Tricha Bellomy, 46, of Gladewater, upon locating her in the 100 block of Circle Drive in Gilmer.

On July 10, the unit arrested Lauren Brittney Phillips, 31, of Gladewater, on multiple charges after stopping the vehicle in which she was a passenger, and allegedly observing her throw methamphetamine out the window. She was charged with felony possession of the drug and felony tampering with physical evidence.

The stop occurred at the intersection of U.S. 271 and Red Hen Road as the unit investigated suspicious activity at the nearby Super game room on 271 in the Union Grove area. The vehicle driver was not arrested.

While investigating suspicious activity July 15 at the Dragon game room in the 400 block of Mesquite Road near Gladewater, the unit initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 80 and Locust Road which resulted in arresting the driver, a 36-year-old Big Sandy man, on three outstanding Upshur County misdemeanor warrants.

The same day, while investigating suspicious activity at the Super game room, the unit made a traffic stop and arrested the driver, Clayton Ryan Odom, 23, of Gladewater, when he was found to have an outstanding Gregg County warrant for felony possession of a controlled substance. The stop occurred at the Upshur-Gregg county line on 271 in Gladewater.

While investigating suspicious activity at the Dragon July 17, the unit encounterd a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot, seized less than a gram of methamphetamine, and arrested Rondreal Rossum, 40, of White Oak, on multiple charges.

He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and also arrested on Upshur County misdemeanor warrants charging him with possession of drug paraphernalia and various drug offenses.

Also on July 17, the unit was investigating suspicious activity at the Lucky 7 when it stopped a vehicle at the intersection of 271 and Pacal Road, found drug parphernalia in it, and arrested the driver, a 20-year-old Gladewater man, on a misdemeanor charge of possessing it.

On July 18, the SIU arrested Christopher Ronnie Faulkner, 47, of Detroit, Texas, on multiple old and new charges, including a state warrant alleging parole violation, after receiving information on his whereabouts.

Faulkner, found in the 6000 block of Camel Road in northwestern Upshur County, was wanted in Red River County on a charge of  felony evading arrest/detention. After locating him, the SIU seized two firearms and charged him in Upshur County with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, which is itself a felony.

The next three cases occurred as the unit investigated suspicious activity at the Super game room.

John Marvis McGill, 44, of Gladewater, was arrested July 22 when the unit encountered a suspicious vehicle he occupied in the parking lot and found him in possession of 1-4 grams of methamphetamine. He was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

Cedric Theobles Williams, 38, of Tyler, was arrrested July 23 on multiple, mostly drug-related charges after the unit stopped the vehicle he occupied as a passenger.

The unit discovered he possessed methamphetamine, Xanax and marijuana, resulting in these charges: felony possession of a controlled substance–at least four grams, but less than 200 grams of methamphetamine, felony possession of a controlled substance (less than 28 grams of Xanax), and misdemeanor possession of marijuana (under two ounces).

Williams, arrested at the Upshur-Gregg County line on U.S. 271 in Gladewater, was also found to have an outstanding Smith County misdemeanor warrant charging him with driving while license suspended.

Carl Wayne Timmons, 36, of Gladewater, was arrested July 24 on multiple charges after the unit attempted to have him stop his vehicle, and followed him about one mile when he initially did not halt.

Timmons was jailed on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), which officers seized along with drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor fleeing from a police officer.

Timmons did not halt until reaching the intersection of FM 1844 and Bob-o-Link Road.

In a case previously reported in this newspaper, Rebecca Chilton Reliford, 46, of Ore City, was arrested in that city July 25 and charged with manufacture/delivery of controlled substance as the unit seized 7.7 grams of  methamphetamine and numerous other items.