The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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July 7, 2014

Traffic stop leads to arrest on weapon, drug charges


A Palestine man remained in the Anderson County Jail on Monday after his late night arrest on Independence Day.


Christopher Olivarez, 22, was arrested on various charges after officers found him to be in unlawful possession of a firearm, as well as of marijuana, methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia.


Palestine Police Officer Ricki Baker found the items after conducting a traffic stop on a gray Pontiac G6 for not displaying a license plate. The stop took place at approximately 11:53 p.m. Friday in the 1100 block of East Palestine Avenue.


Upon contacting the male occupants of the vehicle that included a driver and front-seat passenger (Olivarez), Baker observed a firearm inside and was subsequently granted consent to search. With the assistance of Officer Brandon Nicholson, Baker found quantities of marijuana and suspected methamphetamine located within the passenger compartment, as well as additional items of drug paraphernalia.


Olivarez was arrested and transported to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, where he was booked on charges of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance-PG 1, 4-200 grams, in a Drug Free Zone, $200,000 bond; unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, $150,000 bond; and possession of marijuana, less than 2 ounces, $20,000 bond.



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