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By s, 11/14/17 9:28 AM

Hempstead County Sheriff's Department

Fraud/Media Scam

At approximately 9:51 a.m. on November 11, Deputy Sorensen was dispatched to 2150 Highway 355 South in reference to fraud.

Upon arrival he made contact with James Martin, who stated yesterday he received a phone call from someone claiming to be a Sergeant James Miller, who works for the Narcotics division of Dallas PD.  He stated Sergeant Miller told him Tracy Bramlett, a friend of his, had been arrested and needed money for bail.

He stated Sergeant Miller told him Tracy needed $4,000 dollars for bond money. Sergeant Miller told him they could not accept checks because he lived out of state, and they could only accept Wal-Mart or Target gift cards.  He stated at this time Sergeant Miller let him speak with someone who sounded like Bramlett over the phone for a few minutes.  He stated the last time he spoke with Bramlett was approximately 15 years ago, after she had worked for him. He stated he then went to Wal-Mart in Nashville and Target in Texarkana and got a $2,000 gift card from Target and 10 $200 gift cards from Wal-Mart.  He stated that he then called Sergeant Miller at 437-925-5383 and gave him the numbers for all of the gift cards.

Martin stated this morning he received another phone call from Sergeant Miller.  He stated this time Sergeant Miller told him Bramlett needed another $4,000 to pay for lawyer fees. He stated he called his credit card company to extend his cards so he could send the money to her. When he called the company, they advised him he was being scammed and he needed to call the police.  Martin stated he called Target about the gift card he purchased and they stated it had been redeemed at the Broadway Mall in Chula Vista California last night.

Deputy Sorensen looked up the area code of 437 on the number that the subject originally called Martin from and it is the area code for Ontario Canada.

Possession of Controlled Substance

On November 10, at approximately 10:30 p.m., HCSO Deputies checked out with two subject’s male and female in the 400 block of Ina Street in Washington, that was parked in a vacant lot sitting in the vehicle.

Deputies advised they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The female who identified herself as Destiny Johnson was later found out to be Alexius Moss.  Deputies Placed Moss under arrest for Obstructing Governmental Operations.

Deputies made contact with the male subject later identified as Clarence Stewart who was sitting in the front passenger’s seat of the maroon 2007 GMC Yukon. When making contact Deputies smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputies asked Stewart to exit the vehicle. While exiting the vehicle Stewart dropped several plastic baggies from his right hand onto the ground.

Stewart was then detained. Deputies conducted a search of the vehicle and located an orange pill bottle under the front passenger’s seat of the vehicle. The orange pill bottle contained a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. They also located a hand rolled cigarette containing a green leafy substance, and several small pieces of a green leafy substance on the floor board under the passenger’s seat next to the pill bottle.

Deputies placed Stewart and Moss under arrest for possession of controlled substance.

Both were turned over to the on-duty jail staff for booking.  with a court date of December 4, at 9:00 a.m.