Cops bust alleged meth dealer at probation office

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A 22-year-old Sulphur Springs man was arrested for allegedly buying and possessing methamphetamine, according to police.

At approximately 3:56 p.m. Tuesday, police arrived at the adult probation offices to arrest Jonathan Wayne Smith on two charges of possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams, one count of possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, one count of violation of probation tampering with physical evidence with intent to impair.

According to Sergeant Joe Scott, SSPD special crimes and SWAT, special crimes had conducted an investigation into Smith. Police bought approximately 26 grams, or nearly a full ounce, of methamphetamine from Smith during a sting operation that consisted of two deliveries, Scott said.

Additionally, police knew Smith had a warrant for violation of parole, so they planned to make contact with him at a scheduled parole appointment, Scott said.

“It’s just safer that way,” Scott told the News-Telegram. “If you don’t have to go to someone’s house, you don’t have to worry about kids, dogs, possibly weapons.”

Smith has 14 previous charges dating back to 2015, according to HCSO. “It’s just another example of, if you’re dealing methamphetamine in Hopkins county, we will find you,” Scott said. “We are doing the job we’re paid to do.”