Locals face drug, counterfeit money charges after Flint arrest


Two local residents were booked into the Smith County Jail last week after authorities found drugs and counterfeit money inside of their truck after receiving a call reporting suspicious persons.

Sgt. Darrell Coslin with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that deputies arrested Robert Paul Ford, Jr., 35, and Valerie Ann Grunden, 22, both of Tyler, on Wednesday, Nov. 29 after a local business owner called the department to report a suspicious vehicle parked off the road in the 17700 block of FM 2493 in Flint.

At the scene, deputies found Ford and Grunden inside of the vehicle, with Grunden reportedly having a bandana tied around her arm, in an alleged attempt to cause a vein to rise to the surface. The deputies reported Grunden was also in possession in a syringe with a substance inside that resembled heroin.

Ford allegedly pulled out a knife in the deputies’ presence, which caused a plastic bag containing marijuana to fall out of his pocket, according to Coslin. He was also found to have possession of two counterfeit $100 bills.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Ford and Grunden at the scene and booked them into the Smith County Jail.

Grunden was charged with Public intoxication and Possession of Marijuana (less than two ounces), and released on Saturday, Dec. 2, after paying bonds of $760.

Ford remains in the jail, charged with two counts of Forgery of Government/National Institution/Money/Security, as well as one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (greater than one gram but less than four grams) and one count of Possession of Marijuana (less than two ounces). His bonds currently sit at $150,500.


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