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Commerce PD Theft Investigation Leads To Drug Seizure, Arrest



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Commerce PD Press Release

A theft of lawn equipment led to an arrest, seizure of methamphetamines and the recovery of a property.

An observant business owner alerted one of our Commerce detectives of a possible theft that had just occurred in the 700 block of Culver.  The Commerce detective found and stopped the vehicle involved in the theft.  During the ensuing investigation, officers were able to determine that a piece of lawn equipment was taken from an unattended parked truck.

Furthermore, officers determined that the female suspect in the theft had an 2 outstanding warrants for her arrest for probation violation.  The woman was identified as 25 year old Ashley Nicole Cookston from Quinlan.  After the arrest, officers found drug paraphernalia, meth pipes and small baggie containing methamphetamines.

Ms. Cookston also had a locked metal box that was seized.  After securing a search warrant, a Commerce Detective was able to seize approximately 5 more grams of methamphetamines and a cache of more paraphernalia.

Ms. Cookston was brought in to the Commerce Police Department where she was booked in on the Hopkins County Warrants, Misdemeanor A, Theft over $100 and under $750, a 2nd Degree Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 with more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ms. Cookston pled guilty to the possession of drug paraphernalia and has been transported to the Hunt County Jail where she is being held on the warrants, a $10,000 bond on the Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 with more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams and a $2,500 bond on the Theft over $100 and under $750.


The owner of the lawn care equipment was identified and the equipment was recovered and turned over to him.