PALESTINE — An increase in patrolling in the Frankston/Lake Palestine area paid off for the Anderson County Sheriff's Office over the weekend, with investigators arrested three Palestine residents on drug-related charges Saturday evening.
According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, ACSO Investigators Ryan Tolliver and Ronnie Foster were doing some extra patrolling in an area outside of Frankston behind the Lake Palestine dam — known to locals as the dam road.
At about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the two officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle with three occupants — two men and one female.
The driver, 34-year-old Kevin McKinney, was charged with driving without a license and for having and expired registration sticker. He was fined $521 for the offenses and has already been released from the Anderson County Jail.
The front seat passenger, 39-year-old Robert Henderson Holcomb, was arrested on a parole violation warrant for the original charge of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and remains in jail without bond.
The female passenger, identified as 23-year-old Kamie Lea Erekson, was in possession of a black baggie containing a glass pipe and a small baggie of marijuana and two pills. She also was in possession of clear baggies containing 3-6 grams of methamphetamine.
Ereckson was charged with possession of a controlled substance-PG1, 1-4 grams. She was jailed and released the next day on a $10,000 bond.
“Some local business owners had expressed concerns about property and drug-related crimes taking place in that area,” Taylor said about the reasons for increased patrols. “These three were behind the dam doing drugs.”