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EPD: Drug, firearm arrests made over the weekend

by Tia Lyons | February 15, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

A pair of traffic stops on Saturday led to three arrests and the recovery of a firearm and narcotics, El Dorado police said.

Willie Sykes, 27, of Wilson Street, was arrested on several misdemeanor charges after officers conducted a routine traffic stop at approximately 11:45 p.m. at the intersection of East Hillsboro and South Washington.

Sykes is also wanted on a Union County Sheriff’s Office warrant on a felony charge of petition to revoke probation.

Police said Sykes provided a false identity and he was taken into custody for obstruction of governmental operations.

Officers said they then learned of the active arrest warrant and notified the UCSO, who did not immediately serve the warrant.

A glass pipe was inside the pocket of the passenger door, police said, noting that Sykes had been sitting in the passenger seat.

The driver of the vehicle — Caleb H. Williams, 33, of Hinson Road — was cited on a warrant for failure to appear.

Sykes and Williams received citations to appear Wednesday in 35th Judicial District Court.

At 2 a.m. on Saturday, officers conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of West Hillsboro and South College after spotting a vehicle without a license plate.

Police said they smelled marijuana inside the vehicle and asked the three occupants to exit the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, police said they found a handgun underneath a spare tire in the back seat of the vehicle, noting there were deep scratches in the serial number on the firearm.

Police said Tyreces Samuels, 20, South Jackson Street, was sitting in the back seat near the handgun and two other occupants of the vehicle said the firearm belonged to Samuels.

Samuels was then taken into custody for defacing a firearm.

The driver and front-seat passenger were briefly detained and released with a warning, police said.

As with Sykes and Williams, Samuels was released on a citation for a first appearance hearing Wednesday in district court due to coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols for the Union County jail.

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