Henderson woman gets 8 years in drug case

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A 31-year-old Henderson woman found in possession of methamphetamine during a Hallsville traffic stop was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, according to our newspaper partner The Marshall News Messenger.

“She pled guilty to a jury on Monday, April 1. The jury heard all the evidence at that time and sentenced her to eight years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system,” Harrison County District Attorney Reid McCain said.

The defendant, Jessica Sue Dunning, was found in possession of the drugs on Feb. 11, 2018, when the car she was riding in as a passenger was stopped by Hallsville Officer Ryan Waldow on U.S. 80. After placing the driver under arrest for falsely identifying himself, the officer asked Dunning to step out of the car due to the strong odor of marijuana he smelled.

McCain said during the search of the vehicle, the officer found a baggie and glass pipe used for smoking meth inside of the defendant’s purse.

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