On Thursday, September 29, Lumberton police officers, Hardin County Sheriff’s deputies, and a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper worked together on two drug arrests in Lumberton. According to Sergeant Jesse Orr, two vehicles were stopped by Officer Nathan White, Officer Dale Tinsley, and Deputy Matthew Neal near Altus Emergency Center and Highway 69.
The officers identified controlled substances in both of the vehicles and had enough information to obtain a search warrant for the home of one of the suspects. Sergeant Orr in the Narcotics division was called to assist and DPS Trooper Corey Davis came with the K-9 unit to join in the search of the home. Police say that the search of the home produced around 98 grams of methamphetamines and a small amount of marijuana and Xanax.
Lura Masters, 40 years old of Lumberton, was arrested for manufacture delivery of controlled substance 4 g – 200 g (1st degree felony), possession of marijuana from the traffic stop, possession of marijuana from the search warrant, and possession of a controlled substance.
The other suspect, Tanja Lea Hoffpauier, 46 years old of Groves, was stopped by Officer Nathan White. Officer White obtained consent to search the vehicle and, according to police, found numerous syringes that contained liquid. The suspect advised the officer that the liquid was methamphetamines. A field test was conducted and the substance tested positive for methamphetamines. Hoffpauier was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance. Police reported that a young child was in the vehicle with the suspect and that child was released to a family member.
Both suspects were transported to Hardin County jail.