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Meth arrests in Franklin County

Released by Rod Hashaway with Winnsoboro Police Department:

The Winnsboro Police Department, in conjunction with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, recently executed two search warrants in the Winnsboro and Mt. Vernon areas, which resulted in several arrests, along with the seizure of a large amount of narcotics, vehicles, and cash.

This investigation and subsequent joint operation began last week when Franklin County Sheriff Paul Fletcher contacted Winnsboro Police Chief J.L. Miller with information regarding drug activity at a location on Mitchell Street, just outside the city limits of Winnsboro.  Sheriff Fletcher requested assistance with the investigation from the WPD.

On Friday, April 1, 2011, officers from the Winnsboro Police Department obtained a search warrant for the location and along with Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies, executed the warrant.  The search warrant resulted in the seizure of over a gram of methamphetamine, a large sum of cash, an illegal weapon, and various pieces of drug paraphernalia.  The suspect
located at the residence was arrested and later gave officers information that led to other suspects in Mt. Vernon.  Upon receiving this information, Sheriff Fletcher requested the Winnsboro Police Department continue their role in the investigation.  WPD Officers were able to secure the search warrant for the location in Mt. Vernon.

On Monday, April 4, 2011, Captain Rod Hashaway, Officers Tim Joiner, Heath Guy, Matt Gann and Randy Parrish from the WPD, along with Robert Zinn, John Grantham and Chris Mars from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Tresa Stinson and Trisha Ricks with the Mt. Vernon Police Dept and Texas Department of Public Safety Officer Dwayne Smith, executed the search
warrant at a residence on Carr Street in Mt. Vernon. 

The search of the residence netted over 400 grams of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of over $40,000.  Also recovered in the search were numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia, cash totaling over $1200, night vision goggles and binoculars, along with the ingredients used to cook methamphetamine.
Two vehicles were taken to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department for further processing and possible seizure.

Arrested at the residence were James Thomas Loveless, 27, of Mt. Vernon, and Jake Bradley Sinclair, 32, of Winnsboro.  Both subjects were charged with Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance.  If convicted, each subject could face a prison sentence of up to life.

Chief Miller indicated that each of these men could face other charges as this investigation continues. The WPD and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department have strong ties to one another and we are always willing to assist other agencies when asked, stated Miller.  When asked about the size of this drug bust, Capt. Hashaway stated, this is the largest drug bust we have been involved with in a while.  We are always willing to work with other departments to help get illegal drugs off the streets.

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