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Traffic stop leads to two arrest for possession of methamphtamine


Two men pulled over for speeding early Saturday morning were arrested after methamphetamines and other drugs were found inside the vehicle.

Darren Scott Murphy, 25, and Jamal Laron Locke, 21, of Wichita Falls, each face one charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group 1. Both remain in the Clay County Jail with bonds set at $15,000 each.

At 5:06 a.m. Saturday, Clay County Deputy Cory Brinkley pulled over a 2011 Dodge Avenger sedan on Hwy. 287 north near Spur 510 for traveling 90 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone.

In an arrest warrant affidavit, Brinkley said he smelled the odor of burned marijuana in the vehicle, and that the driver, Locke, and passenger, Murphy, had bloodshot eyes. Both occupants denied having any marijuana in the vehicle.

The deputy asked Locke to step out of the vehicle and asked if there was anything illegal inside the car. Locke said no after explaining that they had been to a party in Fort Worth and were going to Wichita Falls. The deputy asked for consent to search the vehicle. Locke said there was nothing in the car, so there was no need to search it.

When murphy exited the car, the deputy saw a clear plastic bag containing pills, some of which were identified as Alprazolam, also known as Xanax.

Deputy Kirk Horton arrived to assist Brinkley. During a search of the vehicle, Horton found a clear plastic bag, wrapped in a McDonalds sack, containing a substance identified through a field test as methamphetamine in an amount of 83.7 grams.

Also found in the vehicle was a digital scale and three cell phones.


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