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Traffic violations lead to two separate drug arrests

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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:51 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

COPPERAS COVE — Police made three drug arrests in two days after drivers failed to obey traffic laws in two separate incidents.

Justice of the Peace Bill Price arraigned Lawyer Sims, Jennifer Anne Mattingly and Craig Russell Lincoln each on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

Sims and Mattingly each received a $5,000 bond and were arraigned on Saturday; Lincoln was arraigned and received a bond of $8,000 on Monday.

According to an arrest complaint, Sims and Mattingly were traveling in a Ford Explorer in the area of North Drive when they reportedly made a turn onto East Avenue B without using a signal.

When an officer stopped the vehicle for the traffic violation, he asked if he could search the car, the complaint stated. Sims allegedly consented to the search; the officer reportedly discovered an Altoids tin with a baggie of suspected methamphetamine. A pipe also reportedly was found in the vehicle.

The drug tested positive and weighed about 0.6 grams.

Lincoln was arrested after an officer pulled over a vehicle in which he was a passenger. The vehicle reportedly did not have a sufficiently lit license plate, a separate arrest complaint stated.

During the traffic stop, consent was given to search the vehicle and Lincoln, the complaint stated. Police reportedly discovered a pipe in his pocket, and marijuana and methamphetamine in the vehicle.

A field test of the substance allegedly showed it was a methamphetamine and weighed about 0.7 grams with packaging, the complaint stated. The suspected marijuana reportedly weighed about 0.8 grams.

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