Hotel drug bust nets four arrests

Published 7:24 pm Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Four people are behind bars after an anonymous tip allowed officers from the Selma Police Department’s narcotics unit to interrupt a suspected drug sale Monday at the Americas Best Value Inn, located at 1915 W. Highland Ave.

In a press release Lt. Curtis Muhannad with the police department said narcotics detectives responded to the tip and met with the hotel owner who gave them consent to search room 207, which had been mentioned in the anonymous phone call.

Before entering the room, detectives identified and apprehended Selma resident Roosevelt White Jr., 36, 1428 Union St. Selma.

In his press release, Muhannad said White Jr. is a known drug-dealer in Selma. White had been outside of the room and attempted to get into a vehicle.

During a field interview with White Jr., officers found several large plastic bags of marijuana in a larger bag he was carrying.

Muhannad said White Jr. was taken in to custody at that time and during a subsequent pat down, he was found to be carrying crack cocaine and a Smith & Wesson .380 handgun.

In the release, Muhannad said officers made a tactical entry of room 207 and discovered Sophonna Tiffany Reese, 38, 1526 Union St., in the hotel room smoking crack cocaine.

Reese was arrested along with Hannah Hasberry, 47, 6748 Co. Rd. 189, Marion Junction, and Veronica Brewer, 44, 6 Van St. in Selma, at the hotel.

Following interviews with police department detectives, suspects were arrested and transported to the Dallas County Jail.

White Jr. is facing charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana, ex-felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property, The bonds associated with these charges come to a total bond of $210,000.

Reese faces a total bond of $35,000 and is facing one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hasberry and Brewer are facing one charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, which comes with a $5,000 bond.