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Narcotics officers uncover drug-selling operation in Rusk County

Billy Gene Gatlin. Photo Source: Rusk County Jail. Billy Gene Gatlin. Photo Source: Rusk County Jail.

Released by the Rusk County Sheriff's Office:

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - On Wednesday, February 15, at approximately 12 pm, a traffic stop conducted by Rusk County Sheriff's Office, K-9 Deputy, Jason Smith, led to the arrest of the driver when approximately 1 ounce of marijuana was discovered. This traffic stop led to an investigation and discovery of more drugs located at the driver's residence.

During an interview with the driver, Billy Gene Gatlin, 27, of Overton, admitted to selling drugs which led to a further investigation involving the suspect's residence.  A short time later the suspect consented to the search at his residence, in the 9000 block of Hwy 323, in New London.

The Rusk County Sheriff's Office Narcotic Officers searched the suspect's residence. During the search approximately ¼ pound of marijuana, scales and a firearm was discovered in a bedroom. There was also several plant trays discovered throughout the home, which contained marijuana seedlings.

Gatlin was arrested and charged with Delivery of Marijuana, and Possession of Marijuana, both State Jail Felonies. He was arraigned today by Precinct 5, Justice of the Peace, Joe Sorrells, with a $10,000 bond set for each charge. The suspect was later released after posting bond.

Sheriff Danny R. Pirtle stated this was a job well done by all law enforcement involved and we appreciate the Overton Police Chief Clyde Carter and Captain Clayton Taylor for their assistance in this investigation.

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