The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

March 20, 2008

Drug bust leads to arrest of five

PALESTINE — A coordinated effort among several local law enforcement agencies netted five arrests Tuesday night for alleged drug possession.

According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, members of the sheriff’s office tactical team, the Texas Department of Public Safety narcotics unit, a local drug task force and a representative from the Anderson County District Attorney’s office worked together to arrest five people Tuesday night at a pair of residences in the 200 block of Texas Street on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

“It was successful,” Taylor said Wednesday afternoon. “No one was injured. There were no major incidents.”

At approximately 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, members of the ACSO tactical team made entry into the two residences, along with the other law enforcement officials, to serve a pair of narcotics search warrants, Taylor said.

“Approximately seven grams of cocaine were seized and under two ounces of marijuana, a loaded 9-mm semi-automatic pistol and a 40-cal. semi-automatic pistol,” he said, adding that $349 cash also was seized.

Those arrested included Natasha Rena Swanson, 34, charged with possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams; Linda Marie Faggett, 51, charged with possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams; Darren Junior Davis, 48, charged with possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams; James Earl Jackson, Jr., 22, charged with possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams; and Christopher Rashad Hall, 18, charged with possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Swanson, Faggett, Jackson and Hall all remained in the Anderson County Jail on $20,000 bond each, set by Justice of the Peace Gary Thomas. Davis was released on $20,000 bond, Taylor said.

Investigative work led to the arrests, Taylor said, noting that though the number of officers assigned to drug task forces had dwindled, they continue to work hard and produce results.

“It was a good collaborative effort,” he said.

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Beth Foley may be contacted via e-mail at bfoley@palestineherald.com

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