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Photos courtesy of HCSO Pictured from left to right are: Bob Allen Stripling, 62, of Trinidad, Dena Kay Thomas, 47, of Corsicana and James Troy South, 53, of Tool.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office arrested three suspects for drugs in two days during traffic stops.

According to Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, investigators Wayne Nutt, Gabriel Shue and Kenneth Slaton were working narcotics interdiction Wednesday, June 5, on Arnold Hills Road and West Waller Road in the Seven Points area, when they saw a vehicle make traffic violations and initiated a stop.

During the stop, James Troy South, 53, of Tool, was found to be in possession of a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine, along with items commonly associated with the sales and distribution of the illegal narcotic. South was transported to the Henderson County Jail and booked in on the first degree felony charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group one, greater than or equal to four grams, less than 200 grams.

Slaton, Shue, and Nutt were also working narcotic interdiction around 1:10 a.m. Thursday, June 6 at in the Malakoff area when a known wanted felon, identified as Bob Allen Stripling, was seen driving.

As investigators made contact with Stripling, a large amount of suspected methamphetamine was found on him along with a digital scale commonly used in the distribution of the narcotic. Upon further search of the vehicle, Dena Thomas was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine, along with paraphernalia used ingest the narcotic and suspected marijuana, along with paraphernalia.

Bob Allen Stripling, 62, of Trinidad was charged with manufacture delivery of a controlled substance penalty group one over four grams less than 200 grams, Felony Warrants out of Henderson County for possession of a controlled substance PG one less than one gram and bail jumping / failure to appear.

Dena Kay Thomas, 47, of Corsicana was charged with possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than one gram, possession of marijuana less than two ounces.