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Canton drug bust brings 7 arrests

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CANTON, TX (KLTV) – An overnight meth bust puts seven East Texans in jail.

On Thursday night, the seven suspects were arrested at a Canton motel. All face drug charges ranging from possession to distributing to manufacturing.

A tip led authorities to a Motel 6 on Thursday night. Police attempted to arrest a suspect in the motel corridor and ended up chasing him to his motel room, where police say he tried to flush syringes loaded with meth down the toilet.

Police say seven people had been staying the in the motel room for two days, as they ran their drug operation.

Police discovered a half ounce of meth, Xanax, and a gun.

An undercover police officer says it's not uncommon for criminals to conduct their business out of a motel room.

"They bounce from motel to motel. As you can see, we had people from Gilmer, Mineola, Canton, of course," says the undercover police officer.

"We're out here to find the dope. We're out here to find the guns. We're out here to take their cash. We're out here to take their assets and we're not going to play around about it," said the officer.

Police say they expect to file other charges, and they believe some of these suspects are connected to burglary cases in Van Zandt and Wood County.

According to officials, some of the female suspects tried to hide the drugs inside their bodies.

The following was released by the Canton Police Department:

Russell Lynn Turner, 35, of Gilmer, TX is charged with Manufacture/Delivery Controlled Substance PG 1 over 4 grams under 200 grams (Methamphetamine)
Man / Del CS PG 3 Over 28 Grams (Alprazolam)

Ian Joseph Daley, 24, of Mineola, TX
Manufacture / Delivery Controlled Substance PG 1 over 4 grams under 200 grams (Methamphetamine)
Man / Del CS PG 3 Over 28 Grams (Alprazolam)

Barbra Ann Pritchett, 29, of Mineola, TX
Manufacture / Delivery Controlled Substance PG 1 over 4 grams under 200 grams (Methamphetamine)
Man / Del CS PG 3 Over 28 Grams (Alprazolam)

Kimberly Ann Herring, 20, of Canton, TX
Manufacture / Delivery Controlled Substance PG 1 over 4 grams under 200 grams (Methamphetamine)
Man / Del CS PG 3 Over 28 Grams (Alprazolam)
Possession of a Substance in a Detention Facility

Holly Renee Hortman, 41, of Mineola, TX
Manufacture / Delivery Controlled Substance PG 1 over 4 grams under 200 grams (Methamphetamine)
Man / Del CS PG 3 Over 28 Grams (Alprazolam)

Edward Robert Preston, 40, of  Fruitvale, TX
Manufacture / Delivery Controlled Substance PG 1 over 4 grams under 200 grams (Methamphetamine)
Man / Del CS PG 3 Over 28 Grams (Alprazolam)
Possession Firearm by Felon (Pistol found on his person during the raid)

Matthew John Prough, 24, of Canton, TX
Manufacture / Delivery Controlled Substance PG 1 over 4 grams under 200 grams (Methamphetamine)
Man / Del CS PG 3 Over 28 Grams (Alprazolam)
Tampering with Physical Evidence
Evading Arrest on Foot

The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department and DPS helped out with this investigation.

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