Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 4, 2012

HCSO arrests woman during traffic stop

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 37-year-old woman on a first degree felony drug stop at a traffic stop on the eastern end of the county Thursday.

Elizabeth Hilton was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (four grams to 200 grams). The offense carries a penalty, upon conviction, of five to 99 years or life and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

HCSO reports indicate that Dep. Brad Beddingfield made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Farm-to-Market Road 315 for a defective license plate light.

Beddingfield approached the driver, and learned that there were two occupants in the vehicle. Hilton was a passenger in the front seat.

Beddingfield searched the vehicle, and discovered a bag underneath a front seat on the passenger side.

HCSO reports indicate the bag had several smaller baggies inside, each containing a white-crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Along with the narcotics, the deputy also found drug paraphernalia that is commonly used in making methamphetamine.

Hilton was transported to the Henderson County Jail, where she awaited arraignment Thursday.