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Authorities execute drug bust in Palestine


Released by the Palestine Police Department:

On May 17th, 2012, at approximately 1445 Hours, members of the Palestine Police Department along with the tactical team of the Anderson County Sheriff's Department served a Narcotics Search Warrant at a residence located at 626 South Dorrance St.

Officers seized several grams of suspected cocaine, marijuana, PCP, and prescription medications as well as several items of drug paraphernalia. Additionally officers recovered two pistols on or near the property.

Five persons were arrested during the execution of the search warrant. Charges filed included Manufacturing or Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG 1 >4gm <200gm, which is a First Degree Felony. Additional charges included Possession of Marijuana under 2 oz and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The names of the arrested persons are to be released in a subsequent press release after arraignment.

"Officer Baker and Cpl. Kerr spearheaded the investigation with the assistance of Investigator Wilbanks of the Anderson County Drug Task Force. They did a great job putting this together. They were persistent in seeing that this problem got resolved. Chief Herbert and I are very proud of their hard work on this", said Lt. Jeff Powell from the Palestine Police Department. "Unfortunately, there are dope houses in several areas in the city. I can tell you that Chief Herbert and our officers are committed to addressing this type of problem with a clear and consistent response aimed at ridding these practices from occurring within the city limits of Palestine, Texas. It is, however, as most things with law enforcement, going to take the support of the community to stamp out the drug dealing. We need your continued support and information to make this work.

I also wanted to thank Sheriff Taylor and the members of the tactical team for aiding us in the service of this warrant.  It would have been difficult at best to do it without their help, and I'm glad that we can work together to rid our community of the drug dealers.

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