On the morning of the 13th, Texas DPS Trooper Mark Owens conducted a traffic stop just south of Cherokee. Trooper Owens became suspicious during the stop and called for the Sheriff’s Office K-9 to assist and Sheriff Brown, Chief Deputy Price and K-9 Freddie responded to assist. The K-9 alerted on the vehicle and a search was conducted and a sizable amount of crystal methamphetamine was discovered in the female passenger’s belongings. The suspect, Sasha Michelle Roden, of Llano was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) >4 grams but < 200 grams with intent to deliver. The search turned up numerous pieces of evidence used in the distribution of crystal methamphetamine including loading straws, baggies of different sizes and digital scales. The female suspect was booked into the San Saba County Jail and later made bond and was released. Sheriff Brown stated that Trooper Owens has done an excellent job of working traffic interdiction and leads in this area in both felony and misdemeanor narcotic arrests. Later that evening, Deputies Wilkerson and Barrows responded to a disturbance at the Sulphur Springs fishing camp in the Bend. The deputies arrived to find a rather large party on going and while dealing with the situation became aware of the presence of illegal narcotics. Spencer Lee Arredondo of Killeen was arrested for possession of marijuana < 2 ounces and transported to the San Saba CountyJail, where he made bond the next morning. Sheriff Brown stated that the deputies did an excellent job of controlling a situation that had the potential of getting well out of hand, yet keeping their eyes open for other problems as well. When you have 20 to 25 individuals who have been drinking and you can effect an arrest, issue citations and still exit the situation without major problems, then you have done your job well. It doesn’t always go that way, but we are glad when it does. We have seen a lot of narcotics cases and DWI cases due to increased traffic interdiction out in the county. You cannot hope to make a dent in the illegal narcotic situation here in this county or anywhere else unless you are working interdiction and taking the fight to them on the streets. Sheriff Brown also stated that there is an excellent working relationship between the Troopers, Game Wardens and the Sheriff’s Office, and that interdiction and traffic control is a key safety concern for all these officers. The Sheriff went on to state that all suspects arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.