A Palestine man remained in the Anderson County Jail Tuesday after his early morning arrest at a local hotel for parole and drug violations.
According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, the incident occurred at about 1 a.m. Tuesday following a telephone tip that suspect James E. Barnett, 42, who had an outstanding “blue” (or parole violation) warrant, was located in a Palestine hotel.
“The suspect has a history of hostility toward law enforcement,” Taylor said, “so we sent three deputies — Don Myers Sr., Donnie Myers Jr. and Suzanne Wesson — to the scene to arrest him.”
Upon arrival at the suspect's room, the deputies made contact with a female there and saw the suspect in the back of the room.
“He ran to the bathroom and attempted to get rid of some evidence,” the sheriff reported. “Officers found empty plastic baggies, scales, a metal spoon and 2.4 grams of methamphetamine.”
Barnett was arrested and charged with violating parole, no bond; possession of a controlled substance-PG1, 1-4 grams, $10,000 bond; and tempering with physical evidence, $5,000 bond.
Due to the parole violation, the suspect will have to remain in jail until bail is set at a parole hearing.
“It looks as though he's heading back to jail,” Taylor said. “He just stays in the drug world. We believe that he is a low-level dealer.”
The woman in the suspect's room, identified as a 31-year-old female, was released at the scene.