By MARY RAINWATER
Two Palestine men remained in jail Monday after being arrested for traffic and drug-related offenses during a routine traffic stop in southern Anderson County early Saturday morning.
According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, Deputy Johnny Gorden stopped a red 2004 Ford pickup for traffic violations at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Anderson County Road 137 and U.S. 287 South near Elkhart.
Both men in the vehicle — Hilario Escamilla Gonzalez, 41, and Raul Hernandez Gomez, 39, both of Palestine — initially were arrested for traffic violations.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, deputies found 16 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and “numerous pills of various kinds,” according to Taylor.
Both suspects were charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance PG1 4-200 grams (a first-degree felony) with bonds set at $10,000 each; and with possession of a controlled substance PG2 under 28 grams, with bonds set at another $10,000 each.
Gonzalez was additionally charged with possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and possession of a dangerous drug, with bonds totaling $22,500 plus $1,114 in fines.
Gomez also was fined an additional $150 for additional violations.
“There was a decent quantity of meth in the vehicle, which is conducive to distributing,” the sheriff said.
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